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[ Bologna, 10 September 1770 ]

Dear Friend, footnote1
Here at last is my letter! I`ve only just got round to replying to the one you most kindly sent to me in Naples but which I didn`t receive until two months after you`d written it. footnote2 My father`s plan was to take the road from Loretto to Bologna; from there to travel to Florence, Livorno, Genoa and Milan and in that way to surprise you by turning up unexpectedly in Florence: but my father had the misfortune to injure his leg quite badly |: when the shaft horse of our mail coach fell :| and as this not only forced him to remain in bed for three weeks but kept him in Bologna for 7, this nasty accident meant that we had to change our plans and travel to Milan via Parma. First, we`ve missed the opportunity to make such a journey and, second, it`s no longer a suitable time to do so (everyone being in the country) and we`d be unable to recover the cost of our journey. You may be assured that this accident is a source of infinite annoyance to us. I would do everything in my power to have the pleasure of embracing my dear friend: and, like me, my father would very much like to see Signor Gavard again, together with his most dear and kind family, to say nothing of Signora Corilla and Sigr. Nardini, and then to return to Bologna; we`d do this if we had any hope of recovering the cost of our journey. As for the lost engravings, footnote3 my father has thought of an expedient, and your note arrived just in time for him to keep back two. Could I ask you, therefore, to let me know as soon as possible how I should send them to you? Keep me in your dear friendship and believe me when I say that with undying affection I am and shall always remain
Bologna, 10 September 1770

Your most devoted and loving friend
Amadeo Wolfgango Mozart

LEOPOLD`S POSTSCRIPT

Could I ask you to give our good wishes to all our friends?
Leopoldo Mozart
Please use the following reference when citing this website:
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In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.