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Venice, 13 Feb. 1771
Bad weather and an amazing gale meant that it wasn`t till the morning of Carnival Monday footnote1 that we reached Venice, that same afternoon we managed to see H Wider who, together with his wife, accompanied us to the opera . footnote2 We lunched with him on Shrove Tuesday, footnote3 then went to the opera, footnote4 which began at 2 and finished at around 7 in the evening, after which we dined with him and by 11 or 12 o`clock German time footnote5 we were in St Mark`s Square in order to go to the Ridotto. We told each other that you`d probably be with H Hagenauer and would hardly imagine that we were talking about you in St Mark`s Square. We had the most appalling rain, but today, Ash Wednesday, we have the most beautiful weather. Praise be to God, we`re in good health. Who do you think we met in Brescia? - - We were on our way to the opera buffa footnote6 there when we encountered Sga Angeliga [sic] Maggiore, the prima donna, who`s married to a tenor who was also performing there. She was very surprised to see us. Tell H Spizeder that if he wants to see his former impresario Crosa, he can do so in Milan, where he goes about begging, wretchedly dressed and with a long beard. This is how God punishes cheats! You`ll have heard that Carattoli and Laschi have died. I`ve received your letter with the note from H von Vogt. Farewell, I must hurry. We kiss you 100000 times and I am
your old
Mozart

Honest H Wider sends his best wishes, as do his wife and daughter. footnote7 Our best wishes to the whole of Salzb.

MOZART`S POSTSCRIPT

Dearest Sister,
Papa will have told you that I`m in good health. I can`t think of anything to write except to kiss Mama`s hand. Farewell.

MOZART`S POSTSCRIPT TO JOHANN NEPOMUK HAGENAUER

To Sig Giovanni . footnote8

Miss posh pearl footnote9 admires you greatly, as do all the other pearls, and I assure you that they`re all in love with you and that they hope you`ll marry them all and, like the Turks, make all six of them happy. I`m writing this at the home of Sig Wider, who`s a gentleman, just as you told me he was, and yesterday we ended the Carnival at his house, dining with him and then dancing and going with the pearls to the new Ridotto, which I liked a lot. When I`m at Sig Wider`s and look out of the window, I can see the house where you lived when you were in Venice. I`ve no other news for you. I like Venice a lot. Best wishes to your father and mother, sisters, brothers and all my friends, male and female. Addio
Wolfgango Amadeo
13 Feb. 1771 Mozart
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In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.