Khovanshchina is going well, but there's little time for it, and I get very tired.
6 December, 1874
MY DEAR LITTLE DOVE,
I have started a treatment for the throat--had to, am growing inaudible. Allow me to drop in on you tomorrow, little dove. Today, I'm taking advantage of the holiday and playing dumb.
I was at our splendid Petrovs on Monday, as I wanted to see Yekaterina Osipovna before her departure,--she's a fine and clever girl,--I showed them a bit of Khovanshchina: it seemed to have their blessing. --I kiss your little hand warmly, little dove of mine.
Peter, 29 December, '74
MY DEAR ARSENI,
I promptly inform you that "Hashish" has been very warmly accepted by the editor of Delo, and Blagosvetlov impatiently awaits your return, and I am 1500 puds joyful and also await you. Give your maman my most sincere greetings. In Khovanshchina, the further into the forest, the more firewood; but what about Shuisky? The proofs on our album7 will soon be sent.
Am writing to Miller8--but without being sure [of his address].
Warmly embrace you.