Letter 62

Date 12/24 April 1862 [1]
Addressed to Aleksandra Davydova
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location Saint Petersburg (Russia): National Library of Russia (ф. 834, ед. хр. 16, л. 9–10)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Письма к родным (1940), p. 59
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том V (1959), p. 73
Notes Postscript to a letter from Modest Tchaikovsky

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
Друг мой Саша! Не сердись на моё молчание. Во-первых, оно происходит не от недостатка сердечной любви к тебе, а во-вторых, рано или поздно оно разрешится огромным посланием. Я ничего не делаю вполовину и коли пишу, так много, и люблю, так от души. Надеюсь, что ты в этом не сомневаешься, и затем, целуя тебя, Лёву и Таню, есмь твой брат
П. Чайковский

Sasha, my friend! Don't be angry on account of my silence. In the first place, it is not due to a lack of heartfelt love for you, and in the second, it will unravel into a huge letter sooner or later. I never do anything by halves, and if I write, then it has to be a lot, and if I love, then it is with all my heart. I hope that you have no doubts about this, and thereupon, after kissing you, Leva, and Tanya, I remain your brother
P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Dated by Ippolit Tchaikovsky, who also added his own postscript to Modest's letter.