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Letters of Maria Celeste:

21 August 1623

Most Illustrious and Beloved Lord Father

Wishing above all else to have news of you, Sire, I dispatch our steward to you once again, and, as an excuse for the trip, I send several little fish-shaped pieces of marzipan, which, even if they do not taste quite as good as the ones you may find down along the banks of the Arno, still I think they will do you no harm, especially coming from San Matteo. I do not, of course, mean to inconvenience or annoy you with this note, or to pressure you to write back, but only to hear a word carried from your lips about how you feel, and to learn whether there is anything we can do for you. Suor Chiara sends her love to her father and brother as well as to you, Sire; and the two of us do the same, praying to the Lord God in our longing for your perfect health.

We received the delicious canteloupes and watermelons, and we thank you for them.

From San Matteo, the 21st day of August 1623.

Most affectionate daughter,
S. M. Celeste

1995 Al Van Helden
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