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[Rome, 25 April 1770]
My dear sister, footnote1
I assure you that every post-day I look forward with incredible eagerness to receiving a letter from Salzburg. We were at San Lorenzo yesterday and heard vespers, and this morning we heard sung Mass and in the evening the second vespers because it was the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. On recent days we`ve been to the Campidoglio and seen various beautiful things: if I wanted to write down everything I`ve seen, this scrap of paper would not suffice. I`ve played at two concerts, footnote2 and tomorrow I`ll be playing at another. This evening we saw a contralto castrato who looked just like Signor Meisner, whom we shall have the honour of seeing in Naples. Straight after lunch we played bocce, footnote3 a game I learnt in Rome. When I get home, I teach it to you. Tell Signor Mölk footnote4 that I am delighted and congratulate him on his father`s return to health and that I ask him to be so kind as to convey my respects to his father, his mother and sister and brother and cousins both male and female and all the rest of them. Please do as I asked you in my last letter and send me a reply. Once I`ve finished this letter, I`ll finish a symphony that I`ve begun. The aria`s finished. footnote5 A symphony is with the copyist (that is, my father) as we don`t want to give it out to be copied, otherwise it would be stolen. footnote6 Best wishes to all my friends, kiss Mama`s hands for me, because I am |: tra la liera :| your
Wolgango in Germania e Amadeo Mozart in Italia.

Roma caputmundi
25 April 1770.
and next year 1771
behind as in front
and double in the middle.


I kiss you both!


To Signor von Schidenhofen. footnote7
Forgive me for not having written, but I`ve had not time, I could not do my duty: here is a menuetto that Signor Pick danced in Milan.


My letters must go to Rome in future as Signor Marcobruni is director of the post and will see to everything. Who do you think we`ve met here? The distinguished Count Gerstorff!
Please use the following reference when citing this website:
Eisen, Cliff et al. In Mozart's Words, Letter 179 <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.