Dear Mr. Lippincott,
Sincere thanks for your card for Xmas and New Year—for your nice wishes. I reciprocate herewith heartily. Lovely of you to have thought of me! If I live to see February 4, I shall be 78 years old. I confess it, I do not feel my age, but it is hard to face the morrow, business is so wretched! Who has the courage to study singing today? as salaries for artists have gone down terribly! It is a hard existence today!
Why don’t you write and let me know what you are doing? what profession you have chosen? Hoping these lines reach you in the very best health and spirits, believe me your true Berlin friend,
Madame B. Corelli