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Letters of Maria Celeste:

31 December 1625

Most Beloved Lord Father

I would not know how better to thank you, Sire, for so many kindnesses, if not by telling you that I pray Our Lord may reward you with the fullness of His holy grace, and make these festive days the happiest for you, not only this year but for many years to come, and finally to our Vincenzio to whom I send, for now, two collars and two pairs of new cuffs: the great want of time prohibits me from doing my very best work, and for this reason he will excuse me if the gifts are not entirely to his satisfaction: nor will I fail to make him another pair with the trim, as I promised. Suor Arcangela is faring a bit better, even though she is confined to bed, and just now the confessor is coming to see her, so that I must not tarry a moment: please enjoy these sweetmeats this evening for a sweet treat, and here with all my heart I send my love to you both.

Your most affectionate daughter,
S. M. Celeste

1995 Al Van Helden
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