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Treasure 19: Letter to B. Schott’s Sons, November 16, 1824

English translation by Theodore Albrecht; punctuation amended

"Dear Sirs!

My answer to your last [letter] has waited a long time, because I was ill in the country, however, I have now fairly well recovered—I therefore report to you that by the day after tomorrow both works [the mass and symphony] will be delivered to Fries and Company, by the end of the month, the Quartet will also follow, I would be pleased if, by then, I could receive the fee designated for it directly upon delivery of the Quartet— for today it is not possible for me to tell you anything else further, except that I shall write to you again in a few days, when I shall make you a proposition that will perhaps please you. With esteem and friendship, your most devoted Beethoven.”