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My highly esteemed friend,

Dear Mr. Lippincott,

Nothing from you and I am anxious to learn whether my mail arrived. Your last letter was dated April 5th and today is May 10th! I have written: April 8th, April 16th to Evansville, and April 21st registered, bearing a few letters of consents. Of course I am anxious to know whether you have received them. Of course they are of no value to anyone, only these things cost a lot of labor.

I am more delighted than you can imagine at the idea of a book. Of course I can do it—and I am doing it—writing diligently, but the question is how to let you have the mailings.  I have also valuable letters—my father for instance who is supposed to have spoken 9 languages perfectly but did not know how to read nor write—only French print the last few years of his life. I own a signature of father (perhaps one of the very few existing). It would be a pitty were it to be lost! How am I to get these things safely in your hand. Do think it over and let me know.

I also possess valuable letters and autographs—people have told me so often to dispose of them, to sell them—as really, when I close my eyes for ever, these valuable things will only be lost. I would love so much to send you a few pages of my work, for I would like to know if you are satisfied with it—then I can go on, but I must have an immediate answer, then I will give you a list of my autographs and please let me know if you care to have them—or what prices these publishers will give for the autographs.

Times here are terrible—all I can say: read the papers, but they do not say the truth. I am sorry to see that affairs are not very encouraging in the States, but I pray to heaven that nothing may affect you! At any rate—you are young, in the prime of life, intelligent, a good hard worker, righteous and honest and you have your whole life before you and you will certainly see happy, bright, and prosperous days! but see poor me! to end my days in this miserable unfortunate way. Oh, how I wish I could succeed with the book and my wonderful collection of autographs!

I have a letter from the year 1911 from Mme Adelina Patti, the Marquise de Caux from her Chateau Craig-y-Nos. Many Caruso letters, postals and photos with dedications—a wonderful letter form Verdi (framed) speaking about his Requium, dated Brussels 21 Oct 1898—a small but good photo of Rossini 1862—and so on.

My idea was about my life. Firstly my childhood, then my life as an artist and then my experiences as a maestre of Bel Canto. Then at the end of the book, all of my letters and comments.

Did you receive the letter, dear Mr. Lippincott, in which I named the different books which speak of my father? Excuse abruptness of this, but I meant to get this off, so mail and beg for an immediate answer so I do not work for nothing. Will send a list of my autographs.

I hope you are enjoying the best of health. I am alas run down. These events tear my heart to pieces! Have no pupils—nothing. My darling pupil, Rose Meri, left today at 10 AM for Paris; the has an allowance to remain there 2 months, received free 1st cl. tickets from the Jewish Community and gets there free apartment and daily a bon for a free dinner. Two months ago she sang here in a prominent hall (Mozart Hall) for the Jewish Children Help and this her reward. Fine! Not? Do write, dear friend, and let me have a word of cheer from you!

The best of wishes for you! Sincerely and as ever grateful, truthfully

your poor Corelli

24 May 1933 —[date from envelope]

Letters and autograms addressed to my beloved mother, Madame Rose Csillag

+ 1. Two letters own hand, in Italian very valuable written by the celebrated Prima Donna Guilia Grisi address 19 rue des Bassins, Chaillot

+ 2. A letter own hand from the celebrated composer and Imperial Conductor Hans Richter of the Royal Opera House, Vienna, dated 15 Okt. 1887.

3. A visiting card own hand written by Signor E[rnesto] Nicolini (Adelina Patti’s second husband)

4. A visiting card own handwr. from the Count of Prokesch-Osten dated -/88—he was Aide de Camp to the Emperor of Austria

5. A letter own handwr. written by the Prince Friedrich zu Wittgenstein dated Berlin, Neuenbergerstr. 39, 18th Dec. 1869. He speaks in the letter of the inauguration of the Suez Channel.

+ 6. Two letters (own hand) written by Pauline Lucca, Baronin v. Malbe, celebrated world opera singer, dated 1882.

+ 7. A letter own handwr. from Monsieur de Girardin, eminent philosopher, Paris.

+ 8. A letter own handwr. from I[talo] Gardoni, world renowned opera singer.

9. A letter own handwr. from Emil La Grua

10. A letter own hand from Michael Casta, leader of Covent Garden Opera, London 8. 3. 1871

11. A letter own hand from E[nrico] Tamberlick, world renowned tenor, dated 22 Aug. /71.

12. A letter own hand fr. Mons. de la Poinerage [?]

13. Two letters own hand from J[ean-Baptiste] Faure celebrated baritone dated Vienna 20 May 1871.

14. Letters own hand fr. Bertha Ehn Imperial singer of the Royal Opera in Vienna 1871.

15. A letter own hand written by the great composer Luigi Arditi, Vienna Hotel Munch 1871.

16. A letter own hand from J. Capaul [perhaps Victor Capoul?] most celebrated tenor, Paris.

17. A large card own hand written by Count Starkenberg, dated 1882.

18. A letter own hand fr. Julius Sulzer, Cantor at the Tempel in Vienna 15.4./89.

19. A letter own hand from Augusta Holmes great authoress Paris 1871.

20. A letter own hand from the world renowned tenor J. Marco, Paris and Covent Garden London 1870.

21. A wonderful beautiful photo with dedication on the front side from Adelina Patti Marquise de Caux dated Vienna 4 Mai 1871.

Then a lot more.

List of autograms and valuable writings

+ 1. Letter fr. Madame Adelina Patti—la Marquise de Caux, later Baroness Sederström, dated 1911 written at her home Chateau Craig-y-Nos.

+ 2. Many Caruso letters, postals, and photos with dedications.

+ 3. A wonderful letter from Giacomo [Giuseppe??] Verdi own handwriting (framed) speaking about his Requiem dated Brussels 21 Oct. 1998 [obviously 1898].

+ 4. A small but excellent photo from Giacomo [Gioachino Antonio] Rossini, dedication on front side own handwriting dated 1862.

+ 5. Cadenza own handwr. (framed) written by Anton Rubenstein—London 22 June 1859.

+ 6. A dedication on a song (framed), song called L’Espirit Saint, written own handwriting Georges Bizet (the composer of Carmen).

+ 7. A letter (framed) in French own handwr. written by Franz Liszt 23 Dicembre.

8. A large photo (framed) with dedication from the tenor B[eniamino] Gigli.

+ 9. A large photo (framed) with dedication from the bass baritone Paul Knüpfer, Imperial Opera House Berlin 4.2.1914.

+ 10. A large beautiful lythograph (framed) from the celebrated tenor Alois Ander, also dedication, Royal Opera House 1856 Vienna.

+ 11. A letter own handwriting addressed to me from Count Albert Apponyi, Minister President of Hungaria. The letter is dated 20 Dec. 1927.

11a. A letter (own hand) addressed to me from the celebrated artist/painter Signor Ugo Flumiani, an Italian master (dated Berlino 27.3.1912.

12. A letter (his own hand) addressed to me from the American Ambassador Charlemagne Tower, Ambassador of Berlin dated Berlin, Febr. 28th, 1908.

+ 13. A letter own handwr. to my address from Siegfried Wagner, dated Bayreuth 7 XI 13.

+ 14. A dedication own handwr. to me from the Marques de Cervera—Conde de Maube also written in Habana (Cuba) 17 de Diecembre 1878 Isla de Cuba.

+ 15. A letter form the Imperial Opera House Vienna signed by the great composer and director at that time [Gustav] Mahler.

16. A letter from the Stadt Theater in Breslau, director Dr. Theodor Loewe, addressed to me, signed by him, dated Breslau 12 Nov. 1896.

+ 17. A letter very valuable own handwrit. from Anton Rubenstein dated Paris 21st July 1867.

+ 18. A letter own handwr. from N. Rubenstein (brother of Anton Rubenstein) dated Moskau 30 November.

19. A letter—a business letter, from the representative of The Daily Mail, London, New York Times and Chicago Tribune from Fred W. Wile, Berlin July 8th 1912.

+ 20. A lettercard own handwr. from Josef Stransky dated June 4th Berlin /11 Hungarian gr. musician composer.

21. A letter own handwr. from A[ndré] Messager, composer and Director of the Paris Opera House dated Berlin 23.3.08.

22. A letter own handwriting from His Excellency Prokesch-Osten, Aide de Camp from His Royal Highness The Emperor of Austria. This letter is addressed to my mother, Rose Csillag, at the occasion of the opening of the Suez Channel—she was presented at the same time with a broad flexible golden bracelet mounted with a big sapphire and 8 big diamonds. The letter has no date, but the word Constantinopel is written in the letter.

+ 23. Several letters/own hand from the celebrated Royal Opera singer Miss Emmy Destinn dated Berlin 1905 and 1906.

24. Letters and postals (own hand) written by the Princess Eulenburg dated Castle Liebenberg near Berlin dated 1909.

25. A postcard (own handwr.) from Mr. McClellan, organist of the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah, dated Salt Lake 5th.6.1712 [actually 1912].

+ 26. A postal own handwr. from Mr. Edmund von Strauss, eminent musician and leader at the Imperial Opera House Berlin, dated 1.1.15.

+ 27. A postal own hand from Siegfried Wagner dated Bayreuth 29.11.13.

28. Postals own hand from the Countess of Schlippenbach dated Nizza 25.1.08.

29. Valuable letters and postals, own hand, from the philosopher Dr. G. Droescher, 1915 till today.

30. A card (own hand) from Mrs. Johann Strauss, wife of the old original Johann Strauss, dated Vienna 14 Okt. 87/addressed to my mother.

31. A letter own handwr. from Professor Georg Liebling, Professor at Guildhall Academy of Music in London, dated 14 May 1899.

+ 32. A letter (own hand) from Ludwig Pietsch, an eminent literary writer, dated 7.3.1911.

+ 33. A composition (music for piano and soprano) own hand, dedicated to me by Henri Kelten, a great musician, dated Mai 22, 1864. He was the son of the chanter Kelten of the Great Synagogue in Paris.

34. A letter, own hand, from Mr. R. Jakoby, own handwr., dated Berlin 22nd Janaury 1897. Mr. Jakoby was councilor to His Majesty the Emperor Wilhelm II; he was the only councilor who served under the 3 last emperors.

35. Letter (own hand) written by the Baroness of Tyszka, dated Constantinopel 23.7.10. She was the wife of the President of Police in Constantinopel. Her daughter Erica studied with me very successfully.

36. Several cards with greetings and congratulations own hand written by Leo Blech, the eminent musician known to every body! Dated these last 25 years whilst in Berlin.

37. Several letters own signature written by His Excellency Count of Hochberg representing His Majesty at the Royal Opera Houses in Germany, 1901.

38. A telegram (framed) from [Enrico] Caruso, the first telegram that was ever sent from the Kronprincessen Cacilie addressed to me, my daughter, and my class.

39. In my private visitors book, where guests register their names, a lovely dedication from Mr. E. Spafford, dated Sept. 6, 1927. Mr. Spafford was the leader, was at the head of the American Legion when they came to Europe 1927.

40. A photograph from G.W. Macfarland, the Aide de Camp of King Kalikao in Honolulu. Mr. Macfarland is on the photo in ful dress (uniform). We were only 4 hours in Honolulu giving a eprformance there at 12—noon time, but all this later in my biography. He sailed out with the pilot and wrote this dedication Jan. 14, 1899—at sea.

41. A photo full uniform and full dress with all his medals from the Marquis of Cervera, [Pascual Cervera y Topete] own handwr. dedicated to me 3 Okt. 1878. The picture is signed El Marques de Cevera. I think he was later, during the war, Admiral of the Spanish Fleet.

+ 42. Letters from Harry Houdini own handwr. (he is a relation of mine).