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Unpublished letter to a Madame Catterou [?] at the Paris Hotel Lillois (rue de Richelieu 63), in search of his missing washer-woman: "Mr. Bellini prie Madame Catterou à lui vouloir donner des nouvelles de sa blanchisseuse, par ce que a trois semaines que ne la voit pas. Milles salutations - [...] 19 bis rampe de Neuilly à Puteaux". - Slight brownstaining and wrinkling; minor edge defects. Written during the composer's final one and a half years, during his stay at the small country house of the English fortune hunter Samuel Lewis (Levys) and his companion, a former opera dancer, in the Paris suburb of Puteaux. "Seduced by two adventurers, the English 'couple' named Lewis, Vincenzo Bellini accepted their offer of hospitality [...]. The musician lost all of his savings, amounting to thirty thousand francs, in the speculations of his host, receiving in exchange the favors of 'Lady Lewis' - who was known by some as the 'gay Mademoiselle Olivier' - and the tranquillity to compose 'I Puritani'" (Quatriglio, Sicily , p. 68). Bellini died at the Villa Lewis in Puteaux, but months after the triumphal première of his greatest success, "I Puritani". When his friends arrived, the "couple" had vanished without a trace, which fact gave rise to speculations as to the composer's having been poisoned.