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À Madame / Madame Marie Anne / Mozart / à Salzbourg / per Mantova
Bologna 21 Aug. 1770

My leg, praise God, is fully recovered. We`re still on the estates alla Croce del Biacco that belong to Comte Bolognetti but which Count Pallavicini has leased for a number of years. The great annual festival that the members of the Bologna Philharmonic Society celebrate every year with the greatest magnificence with Vespers and High Mass will take place on the 30th inst. footnote1 We plan to hear it but I think we`ll be leaving soon afterwards. Where? - - That`s not yet been fully decided. Meanwhile continue to write to me at Bologna, I`ll make arrangements to ensure that I receive all your letters. Even if I go to Pisa, Luca, Livorno and Genoa, I`ll still pass through Florence. Please thank Dr Agliardi for his best wishes, give him my kind regards and tell him that I hope it was a mere rumour and nothing serious; I got rid of it with warm compresses, having first soaked some flores Sambucci footnote2 in the water. The brief warm spell that we had here has disappeared again following a thunderstorm that was accompanied by heavy rain. I wasn`t able to write to you on the 18th as I had to go out with Her Ex the Countess and we didn`t get back till late, by which time the Field Marshal`s letters had already been sent into town. You`ll have read in all the papers about the disaster caused by the earthquake on the island of Santo Domenico . footnote3 Dealers will no doubt seize the opportunity to put up the price of sugar as the sugar plantations there have been destroyed. Praise be to God, we are happy with our figs, melons and other fruit, which we`ve been eating in great moderation. Each evening, around 2 hours before table, we eat a fruit that I`ve never seen except in paintings and that tastes like cucumber, it`s a large round fruit with green peel, when you open it up and cut it into pieces, it looks very appetizing as it`s pale red inside. People call this fruit anguria, footnote4 also gourd or pumpkin, but these are good pumpkins, not the wild sort. You eat them with sugar and cinnamon. I`m going to stop now as I still have to write 2 other letters to Milan and Rome. We kiss you both 1000 times and I am your old
Mozart
Our best wishes to all our friends inside and outside the house.

MOZART`S POSTSCRIPT

I too am still in the land of the living and, what`s more, having lots of fun. Today I was suddenly seized by the desire to ride on a donkey, as is the custom in Italy, and so I thought I should give it a try. We have the honour of going everywhere with a certain Dominican who`s regarded as a saint, though I don`t really believe it as he often has a cup of drinking chocolate for breakfast and immediately afterwards a good glass of fortified Spanish wine, and I too have had the honour of dining with this saint, who at table drank lots of wine, finishing it all off with a whole glass of fortified wine, two large slices of melon, some peaches, pears, 5 cups of coffee, a whole plate of birds and two full plates of milk and lemon; he may have done this on purpose, but I don`t think so, as it would have been too much, apart from which he also eats a lot for his tea during the afternoon. Addio. Farewell: kiss Mama`s hands for me. Best wishes to all who know me.
Wolfgang Mozart, 1770
P. S. We`ve been introduced to a German Dominican who calls himself Pater Cantor, he asked me to give his best wishes to H Hagenauer the sculptor in Salzbour, he told me that he always confessed to him when he was in Bologna. Addio.

LEOPOLD`S POSTSCRIPT
H Meuricoffre has asked me to pass on his best wishes to you both; he certainly did us all proud in Naples and continues to write to me.
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In Mozart's Words. Version 1.0, published by HRI Online, 2011. ISBN 9780955787676.