But it turned out Malibran was not wealthy at all and declared bankruptcy soon after. Although they never divorced, Maria left her husband after a year and returned to Europe, writing and sending the present letter from Norwich in England. In Europe she found great success, fame and wealth. Chopin even named her the "Queen of Europe". When she wrote the present letter she had moved to London to perform and had begun a romance with Belgian violinist Chales-Aguste de Bériot. Eugène Malibarn, still her husband, got news of this and came over from America to claim his rights over her. Maria refused to see him, as she states in this letter, and moved to Brussels with her lover.
The bickering 4 page letter is addressed to her brother-in-law, Mr. Colladon, but obviously aimed at her husband. She passionately responds to being accused by many of poor communication "Why is he complaining about my silence? Didn't I write first?". She concludes that she never wants to see Eugène again and that he can have the money as long as he stays "at a distance that demands a telescope".
Minor wear on the extremities of the folds, otherwise in very good condition..