She alludes to her broken marriage with Eugène Malibran and her relationship with de Beriot that she finally made public after three years: "Last year I was waiting, I was waiting! What for? You will say - You... I did not know to what to attribute such a long silence (because you could write me if you cannot come). Now I learn that you are employed by a Minister, taking a carriage at will... etc. I, poor and always the same Maria, had been very much piqued by your neglect of me, however, before my departure I could not resist the desire to have news from you any longer, I wrote you a very nice little love letter [petit poulet] ... but ... M. Fanfan did not want to take the trouble of stopping by at Rue Blanche. What does that mean? Monsieur Louvois Fanfan almost a Minister? Are we too proud to lower our heads towards our old friend Maria? I did not go to visit Mad.e your mother, believing that the morbid bitterness [choléramorbus] was holding all of you against me, otherwise ... Concerning this, must I stay mad or be, like always in the past, Fanfan's sister? I am leaving tomorrow to give a concert at the Royal Theatre in Brussels, and I must return at the end of the month. You certainly know that I just suffered an irreparable loss in M. Cottinet who acted for me precisely as a father should have. I only came back to keep his young widow company! You certainly know how I spend my time. You certainly know that there are insurmountable difficulties, almost making me sick [à vomir]. Finally, what I did not dare to say three years ago is now known to everyone by my own admission. I rejoice in seeing that all my former friends approve of my choice, with the possible exception of Mad.e N..., and that my friends remain with me as in the past - can I not boldly vouch for your attachment to Maria? I love you like the good Fanfan". - This beautiful letter can be dated with respect to Maria Malibran's relationship with the violinist and composer Charles de Beriot that had started in 1829, soon after she had left her husband and returned to Paris from New York. - Traces of folds. With very slight tears and stains..