Letter 3086a

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Date 4/16 November 1886 (?)
Addressed to Pavel Peterssen
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location unknown [1]
Publication Čajkovskijs Homosexualität und sein Tod. Legenden und Wirklichkeit (1998), p. 166 (abridged English translation)
Tchaikovsky Research Bulletin No. 2 (April 2011), p. 9 (with English translation)
Чайковский. Новые материалы к творческой биографии (2013), p. 231

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
Дорогой Павел Леонтьевич!

Вчера мне целый день нездоровилось, а сегодняшнюю ночь я провёл самым болезненным образом и между прочим от боли и опухоли в дёснах могу с трудом говорить. Вследствие этого мне необходимо сегодня просидеть весь день дома. Очень, очень сожалею, что не могу с Вами позавтракать. Не зайдёте ли Вы с П[етром] И[вановичем] Ю[ргенсоном] ко мне после завтрака? Очень бы рад [был] повидать Вас.

Ваш, П. Чайковский

Yesterday I was ill all day long, whilst I spent last night in the most painful fashion, and, among other things, the pain and swelling in my gums makes it difficult for me to speak. As a result of this it is essential that today I stay at home all day long. I am very, very sorry not to be able to have lunch with you. Could you not drop in to see me after lunch together with P. I. Jurgenson? I should be very glad to see you.

Yours, P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Sold on 18 May 1995 by Sotheby's, London. Their catalogue — Sotheby's. Continental Manuscripts and Music. London, Thursday 18th May 1995 (1995), p. 148 — includes an abridged English translation and facsimile of the last page; a photocopy of this was kindly provided by Sarah Colville of Sotheby's, London. The letter was also advertised by Bonham's for auction on 20 April 2011 in Los Angeles [1].