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À Monsieur / Monsieur Lorence Hagenauer / à / Salzbourg
Bologna 28 July / 1770

If I were to observe the rules of decency, I should of course be ashamed to appear before you with such a scrap of paper, but inasmuch as I am assured that you are used to judging things not by their outward appearance but by their inner, true nature, I have no hesitation in using this small sheet of paper to wish you from an honest heart a thousand pleasures, countless years of long life and above all lasting good health not only on your name day footnote1 but at all times, and together with all my dear ones I send you my very best wishes in token of a friendship that is so precious and valuable to us. May God keep you for the comfort and delight of your dear wife |: to whom I send my especial wishes :| and as a necessary support for your dear children, from whom you can surely expect nothing but honour, joy and pleasure. In your own and your dear wife`s most precious friendship I once again send you my best wishes and remain, in immutable respect,
your most obediently devoted
and, at present, limping friend and servant
Mozart

MOZART`S POSTSCRIPT

I too am slipping in among the number of your well-wishers and underscore everything that my dear father wishes for you, commending myself to you and to dear Frau Hagenauer as your
most obedient servant
Wolfgango Amadeo Mozart
Please use the following reference when citing this website:
Eisen, Cliff et al. In Mozart's Words, Letter 201 <http://letters.mozartways.com>. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.
In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.