Autograf: Universitätsbibliothek Kassel - Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt Kassel (D-Kl), Sign. 4° Ms. Hass. 287[Taylor, E.:57
6 Queen Street Place
May 25, 1852
My dear & honoured Friend
I duly received your welcome letter of fhe 15th but some little delay has been caused in replying to it, as my secretary1 now lives 20 miles from London.
I have seen Mr. Gye, and settled with him the terms you are to receive, which I hope you will be satisfied with. He agrees to pay you £50 for the Partitur (he having the copyright of the Recitatives you wrote for him) and £100 for your travelling expenses & board & lodging. In all £150.2
I have also agreed that you shall not play or conduct elsewhere without his permission.
I am very sorry to find that there is still some uncertainty about your coming. I need scarcely remind you that if that fellow (you know who I mean) prevents you, it must be heavy loss to Mr. Gye. The Opera must be copied, scenery & dresses prepared, and every thing got ready for performance. But I will not anticipate so great a disappointment, although, from past experience, I am convinced that if your Tyrant3 can prevent your coming, he will.
I saw our friend Molique a short time since. He (like every body else) is indignant at your treatment. “Why” said he “does Spohr submit to it, why does he not leave such a fellow’s service, and come to England? England is the proper place for Spohr.”
How often is the same question put to me “Why does Spohr submit to such indignities and such a state of bondage?”
I feel reluctant to urge my own wishes on this subject, for I know your strong attachment to Germany, as well as the ties of relationship & friendship which bind you to Cassel, but I participate to the full with all your friends and admirers in indignation & regret that you should be doomed to a fate so entirely unworthy of you.
As soon as any thing is decided, pray let me have the pleasure to hear from you, & believe me with best compliments to Madame Spohr,
your assumed & sincere friend
|Erwähnte Personen:||Friedrich Wilhelm Hessen-Kassel, Kurfürst|
|Erwähnte Kompositionen:||Spohr, Louis : Faust|
|Erwähnte Institutionen:||Covent Garden <London> |
Dieser Brief ist die Antwort auf den derzeit verschollenen Brief Spohr an Taylor, 15.05.1852. Spohr beantwortete diesen Brief am 13.06.1852.
 Frühere Briefe hatte Taylor von seiner deutschen Schwiegertochter Meta übersetzen lassen (vgl. Taylor an Spohr, 10.11.1840).
 Vgl. Frederick Gye an Spohr, 25.05.1852.
 Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm.
Kommentar und Verschlagwortung, soweit in den Anmerkungen nicht anders angegeben: Karl Traugott Goldbach (02.12.2019).