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Milan 2 Nov. / 1771
We`re very pleased to hear that you both enjoyed yourselves in Triebenbach footnote1 and that you were feeling much better when you returned home. I`ve been kept indoors for the last few days as I`m suffering from severe rheumatism throughout my whole body, though I`ve almost got rid of it simply by drinking elderberry tea. Among our medicines there was only a single sachet of black powder. Fortunately Fr von Asti has lots of it. And since there was only a single sachet of digestive powder and since she fortunately knows the recipe for it, she went to the pharmacy with Wolfgang, whom I`d sent to see her, in order to have some made up for me. But this is a completely pointless exercise because by the time you read these lines, I hope that not only shall I be fully recovered but that I shall also be ready to leave. On receipt of this letter, you should write, therefore, to Sgr Luggiati in Verona. I`ve already told you that the serenata won the palm. footnote2 Farewell, both of you, we kiss you many 100000000 times, and I am your old
Mozart
I still have to write to Hs Ex Marshal Count Pallavicini, who has written me an uncommonly kind letter. footnote3

MOZART`S ENCLOSURE

Papa said that Herr Kerschbaumer undoubtedly benefited from his journey and was suitably observant, and we can be sure that he behaved very sensibly. He`ll surely be able to give you a better account of his journey than others of his acquaintance, one of whom couldn`t see Paris properly because the houses there are too tall. It`s Hasse`s opera today; but Papa can`t leave the house, and so I can`t go. Fortunately I know absolutely all the arias by heart, so that I can hear and see them in my thoughts at home.
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In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.