Dear Mr. Lippincott,
It is alas nothing good I have to communicate today. Trusting that you have not forgotten the old lady that showed you kindness and courtesy when you were in Berlin, I venture these lines to ask you kindly to help me if it is in your power. I am alas a victim of these disastrous times! I am of course still teaching singing. So many meant to profit from my art, so many are learning, but not one single pupil has the cash to remit.
I have given notice (a 3 months notice is necessary and legal) that I wish to quit this apartment Oct. 1st now that my daughter has married and is in Russia with her husband since last February with no possible way of returning for the present, there is no need of my keeping this large apartment of 6 rooms any longer. I must look for a small flat of 3 rooms. I do not need and cannot afford any more, but how will I be able to manage? That I do not know.
Before the war my house was a large house, friends and acquaintances came in and out and I was able to show hospitality to everyone! Today? I am crippled. After residing in this flat for 30 years! Today one has no friends, especially when people know that I cannot even offer a cup of tea today! It is sad and distressing, dear little friend. I turn to you, dear Mr. Hall, begging you—yes, imploring you to kindly help me! It is no shame to be poor, is it? I am not poor through carelessness—you know I do not drink a drop of anything, only tea and coffee—you know I do not smoke, have never touched a cigarette!—no, I am poor because people do not pay me! Maybe they will remit tomorrow or the day after, then I will only be too happy to repay you, dear friend.
If you are kind and generous enough to help me, please send me a check or the money on the Deutsche Bank—Behrenstrasse, Berlin, the bank where we first met. Name and address must be correct. Madame Blanche Corelli, Nürnbergerstrasse 1, Berlin W.50. Please help.
I hope these lines find you in excellent health and spirits and I hope you are not vexed at me. At any rate, please answer this by return of mail, if the answer be good or bad for me. You can imagine that I am almost desperate—spare me saying more—spare me giving details. I only beg you, help me! Thanking you in advance for your wonderful kindness, especially your answer by return of mail, believe me yours in gratitude,
Madame Blanche Corelli