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Letters of Maria Celeste:

6 September 1629

Most Beloved Lord Father

Now that we have back the ampule of oil with scorpions, Suor Luisa and I offer you profuse thanks. We have been wanting, for the past several days, to send you a little of our freshly made cinnamon water, which, what with the cold weather approaching, we think you must surely want to keep on hand; but we are still having trouble finding someone to deliver it to you. If you lived closer by (as I would wish) we might be spared these difficulties. But enough of that, we await the first opportunity and meanwhile we are eager to hear how La Lisabetta is faring, and if she wants anything from us. When you send the cloth for the collars for her and the handkerchief for our sister-in-law, Sire, do please let us see an example of one of the collars that suits her well, and likewise the Brescian cloth you promised me, out of which I will make the handkerchief: since I am extremely sleepy, I will say no more except that I am taking myself off to bed, as it is already late at night. I send you loving greetings together with Suor Luisa and Suor Arcangela, and the same to Vincenzio and his bride. May our Lord bless you.

From San Matteo, the 6th day of September 1629.

Most affectionate daughter,
S. M. Celeste

1995 Al Van Helden
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