Dear Mr. Lippincott,
I am really at a loss to find words and expressions! I do not know what to reply to your dear kind letter and its contents! of July 17th. Thousand thanks to you for your extreme kindness, for your wonderful help, for your great generosity! You do not begin to know the great good you have done.
I do not know what has become of our country, and things are unfortunately growing worse every day. Can you remember the little candy store right across my window? They had to close their doors—failed in business! Aïda the Stal Restaurant at the corner is shut since 4 days! The owner left Berlin leaving debts of 24,000 marks! The furrier at the corner in the same house has changed hands 3 different times! and in my studio? Dear friend? Imagine I have 2 pupils (I used to have 20)—and these 2 pupils are unable to pay for their lessons. I continue teaching them, hoping that tomorrow or some time to come, they might get an engagement and then be able to remit. But who feels like singing today? Theatrical business is disastrous! One theater after the other closes its doors.
I have been corresponding with a lady from Mannheim, a Mrs. Fasenmeyer, for the past 6 months regarding singing lessons. She has decided to begin September 1st. I am wondering now whether she will come or not. I will let you know if you are interested.
I am so glad for your sake you have received a position—especially the position you have been trying for, as you say, over a year. But you must not deprive yourself of anything; you are young and you work hard, you surely need every cent you earn to remain healthy and strong. You must take good care of yourself, you must take good food, and you must certainly practice some sport; rowing is fine; riding, or perhaps base ball! I repeat it, good friend, you must not deprive yourself of anything by helping me.! You must enjoy your young days! and all these things are expensive and I am sure you need every cent you earn! You speak of my kindness to you in Berlin! Why, dear Mr. Lippincott, I was unable to show you any kindness, I would have loved to invite you to attend the opera with me, but alas, already at the time my misfortune began—my hands were tied—but I must stop telling you of all my misfortunes.
I have one good fortune, one great fortune and that is I have won such a dear little gentleman friend in Mr. Hall Lippincott! I have read and reread your dear letter, I think it all a dream! Heavens blessings on you and may heaven reward you for your wonderful kindness to me. Do be glad and generous and answer this. Let me hear from you please, as it is a ray of sunshine in my now dismal life. Once more God bless you!
In eternal gratitude, your devoted sincere friend