Letter 4048

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Date 23 February/7 March 1890
Addressed to Pyotr Jurgenson
Where written Florence
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 2676)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Переписка с П. И. Юргенсоном, том 2 (1952), p. 141

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
23 февр[аля]/7 марта 1890

Милый друг! Посылаю тебе письмо Клименки. Мне очень хочется исполнить его просьбу, т. е. дать ему довольно круглую сумму на отъезд в Каменку. Я очень рад, что он туда едет. Там есть масса добрых старых дев, которые об нем будут очень заботиться. Вероятно, я действительно в последний раз ему помогаю. Итак, потрудись послать кого-нибудь узнать, сколько ему нужно, и выдать от меня деньги. Я ему так и написал, что он от тебя получит. Прости!

Твой П. Чайк[овский]

23 February/7 March 1890

Dear friend! I'm sending you Klimenko's letter [1]. I very much want to carry out his request, i.e. to give him a decent round sum for the journey to Kamenka. I'm very glad that he's going there, where there are plenty of old maids who will be very attentive to him. This is probably the last time I am able to help him. So kindly dispatch someone to ascertain how much he needs, and give him the money from me. I've already written to him to say he'll be hearing from you [2]. Forgive me!

Yours P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Mikhail Klimenko (1862-1890) was a former employee at the Davydov estate at Kamenka who went on to work for Pyotr Jurgenson's music publishing firm, but had recently been suffering from poor health. His letter to Tchaikovsky has not survived.
  2. Tchaikovsky's letter to Mikhail Klimenko has not survived.