Carl Maria von Weber an Sir Charles Kemble in London (Entwurf)
Dresden, Mittwoch, 4. Januar 1826

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To Charles Kemble Esq:r  Th: R: Coventgarden.

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My dear Sir!

I thank you obligingly for the very good intentions which you display for me myself by your proposals with respect to the Oratorios. but, I am not forward enough with my Oberon, that hardly to hope to ending it for the time fixed, and that consequently I have no moment to loose in any other if I lose a moment in any other occupation.       My health does not allows not to myself me  to travel in during the night. If I wish to be in London the first days of march, I must leave Dresden the the 15t of February the 15. What have I left? time remains to me, only Six weeks for my composition. which is very little time relatively to all my other occupations detainings. as I have still other occupations.

my stay at Berlinalthough brilliant as the success was – was yet troublesome for me according to this situation. I send to you with by this very Post the two first acts of “Oberon” exept the finale of the second act, which shall follow in a few days, and in this manner I will send you each piece which I shall have ended.

Receive my dear Sir the repetition of my best thanks and believe me your very sincere
Friend
CMvWeber.

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dankt für K's Vorschlag wegen der Oratorien-Konzerte; kann aber erst Anfang März kommen, da die Oper unvollendet sei u. er wegen s. Krankheit Rücksicht nehmen müsse; erwähnt erfolgreichen, zeitraubenden Berlin-Aufenthalt u. übersendet gleichzeitig Akt 1–2 des Oberon

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I thank you obligingly for the very good

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Eveline Bartlitz; Joachim Veit

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  • Text Source: Draft: Berlin (D), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung (D-B)
    Shelf mark: Mus. ms. autogr. theor. C. M. v. Weber WFN 6, Mappe XVII, Bl. 92b/r

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    • Copy: Berlin (D), Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung (D-B)
      Shelf mark: Weberiana Cl. II B, 2ß, Nr. 13, S. 902–903 (dt. Übers.)

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