Letter 4267a

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 6/18 December 1890 [1]
Addressed to Yekaterina Laroche
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location unknown [2]
Publication Sotheby's fine books and Americana (25 November 1997), p. 8 (auction catalogue)
Новое русское слово (14/15 February 1998) (without date/place)
Чайковский. Новые документы и материалы (2003), p. 83

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
Катерина Ивановна! Дайте, голубушка, 40 р[ублей] взаймы. У меня не хватает за всё заплатить, а Юргенсона я сейчас нигде не найду. Возвращу Вам с Маней из Фроловского.
Ваш П. Чайковский

Katerina Ivanovna! Lend me 40 rubles, golobushka. I don't have enough to pay for everything, and right now I won't be able to find Jurgenson [3] anywhere. I'll return the sum to you from Frolovskoye, giving it to Manya [4] to take back.
Yours, P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. This undated note was dated to 6/18 December 1890 by Alexander Poznansky in his article Письма Чайковского в Йельском университете (США) (2003), p. 84, who points out that Tchaikovsky had come to Saint Petersburg in order to attend the premiere of his opera The Queen of Spades.
  2. The autograph was sold in November 2015 by Nate D. Sanders Auctions, Los Angeles [1]. In 1997 it had also been auctioned by Sotheby's (New York).
  3. Either Pyotr Jurgenson, who lived in Moscow, or his brother Osip Jurgenson in Saint Petersburg.
  4. Yekaterina's husband, Herman Laroche.