Letters of Maria Celeste:
24 December 1627
Most Illustrious and Beloved Lord Father
Hopeful that in these most holy festivals of Christmas, and in much else besides, Sire, you will attain the summit of every longed for consolation, I come to you with these few lines to wish you the happiest good fortune, and I pray the Lord God, that during these blessed days your spirit enjoys quiet peace, and likewise for all the members of your household. I am sending a few little things for Uncle Michelangelo's children, the larger collar with the cuffs will be for Albertino, the other two for the two younger boys, and the teething bib for our baby girl, the pastry for everyone to enjoy, except the spiced cakes, as these are for you, Sire. Please also accept the good will with which I am ready to do much more. I received the wine and also the rhubarb; I thank you; and I pray the Lord to reward you for all your loving tenderness with the fullness of His holy grace. To close I send my very loving regards to all of you.
From San Matteo, Christmas Eve 1627.
Your most affectionate daughter,
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