ers!51 There's plenty of material--plenty to work with. Do it--talk it over and discuss it with Stasov Vladimir, and I (if I'm still alive) will do an opera (of it). Only don't think that I'm pushing you toward history on this account; No! but it would be pleasant and fine to go to work on the basis of your creative ideas. Let's hope so!!--Only do it quite independently, as it should be done, and don't think of me.
Come to us today, November 14--whenever you wish.
Dear little dove of mine, Ludmila Ivanovna, yes, I was very ill; only now am I beginning to get well. I'm afraid that the doctor52 will not let me out on Friday--however, I feel a great deal better today. Who could dare forget the 8th of this month?53
November 24, '78
December 19, 1878
. . . Thanks to you, Unrest has been printed quite satisfactorily,54 as I already wrote you, but what distresses me is that Blagosvetlov did not carry out my request to print on the title page that it is dedicated to Musorgsky! This is positively shameful. How many years I sweated over this drama based on Modeste Petrovich's idea with the hope of____________________