Letter from Amy Fay to her sister Zina
(Berlin, 25.08.1870)

Spanish translation & annotations


Thursday, Aug. 25th

I was interrupted at this point of my letter, & as I have been ill ever since, I couldn't finish it. I begin to feel better now, but after being in an "ailing condition" for nearly a week, I was obliged finally to give up & to go to bed with




the attack of fever that I almost always have in the spring & fall. I have finally decided to take private lessons of Kullak. His terms are two dollars per lesson, & I shall take only one a week, as I really can't prepare for two. [...]

[sigue en Music-Study in Germany, pp. 88-89]

I had a letter from Charlie yesterday. He was still in Vienna & seemed to be enjoying himself




I suppose he must finally have got your letters as he said nothing about them. He wrote me in a terrible way the other day because you hadn't written. He felt very much hurt that his mother hadn't written to him, & said he should never forget it. He is one of the kind you know that will not be neglected. I hadn't snubbed him at all in my letter of course. That was all his imagination. I made it all right afterwards. I think your selling the house is a very grave step, & shall hold up a warning finger. Don't you think it is one of your inevitable tendencies to get yourself into more trouble. It seems to me very well suited to the family, & now that you have got things comfortable & in their right corners, just think what an undertaking it would be to move. Perhaps, you wouldn't have a house again which was so central, & I think that is a great consideration. I believe that if you did not immediately buy another, that the money would just melt away in paying debts, & that



you will be left with any house atall. I wish I had the money to buy it. You know I am attached to that house, but I feel as if I never should go back to it. I am afraid this letter will be very stupid to you, as Charlie has probably written you anything, but I write it chiefly for Papa's, Laura's & Rosie's benefit. You needn't send it to Kate, as I have just written a long letter to her with very much the same contents. I nearly died laughing over Rose's last letter. It was too funny! I often think of poor, dear Lal, & send much love to her. I hate to think of her having so much to suffer; & hope she will come well through it. She wrote me a lovely letter over Ben's death, so simple and so heartfelt. I am glad Nells is so bewitching. I though he would be. Good bye - dearest Zie. You have my inmost sympathy over Coop. it must be dreadful work. If you make it succeed, the greater the glory. Don't be too reckless with your health. I am glad you sleep with Kate Eastman. I should feel worried if you were alone, lest you could have such an attack as you had last summer. Good bye, & believe me with unbounded love.

Your devoted





Transcription by Sylvia Mitarachi (Schlesinger Library, Fay Family Papers)
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Proyecto de investigación "La correspondencia europea de C. S. Peirce: creatividad y cooperación científica (Universidad de Navarra 2007-09)

Fecha del documento: 30 de marzo 2011
Última actualización: 14 de septiembre 2017
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