Italian operatic composer.
Autograph Letter Signed, Giuseppe Verdi, one and one-half pages, octavo, St. Agata, June 28, 1858. To Dr. Ercolano Balestra in Parma.
“All things considered, I think it would be unwise to take on a coachman with uncertain eyesight and a certain wife. One servant plus one wife makes two-that is, two enemies constantly conspiring against the master! One at a time is quite enough! Also I’d prefer to avoid married servants for as long as possible, in case the rest of the servants get the idea that they wouldn’t mind a wife or a husband etc etc etc. I am mortified, my dear Doctor, about putting you to so much trouble-but I would be extremely grateful if you could look for someone else, especially since I can manage without, for the time being, so you will have a little time.
“I am at St Agata for the day; I will post this letter when I pass by Borgo today. I sent Menta to Cortomaggiore to pay the debt this morning. Everything was ready, but just as they were about to sign the document the lawyer declared that he needed proof of purchase for Piantodoro, to see the Register etc etc. Menta came back totally empty-handed. I’ve arranged for another meeting for next Monday, if possible. In the meantime, could you please send the purchase document to Tabiano by post? I’ll make sure it is sent or taken to Busseto. All the usual regards to Signora Marietta. ”
Giuseppe Verdi’s letter discussing personal matters was written from Sant’ Agata, a village about four kilometers north of Busseto, the town of his birth. He had bought property in in Sant’ Agata in 1848, settling there in 1857, and becoming in time a very large landowner. The present letter documents ownership of land in Piantodoro as well.
Enclosed in a quarter forest green morocco folder, with bust-length photograph of Giuseppe Verdi set inside the front cover.
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