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Maria Hadfield, [Florence], to Ozias Humphry, English Coffee House, Rome

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Maria Hadfield, [Florence], to Ozias Humphry, English Coffee House, Rome


20 Jan 1776



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2 pieces

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She apologises for not writing sooner; the opera started on the 26th December with a composition by Zanetti (not well received) and she saw Rubinelli, a wonderful contralto, whose voice is sweeter than that of Milico and Aprile, and somewhat in the manner of Mr. Parson; discusses a ballet she has seen titled Apollo & Daphne; describes a new opera by Traietta which was beautiful; Signora Carrera sang well in parts; the festival of dancing is being held in the Theatre rather than the Palazzo Vecchio, a friend's illness has prevented her from going; Mr. Toully gave a large ball and supper party to cheer himself up after the death of his mother. She modestly declines to come to Rome, as Humphry suggests, until her talent deserves it; sends a message to Mr. Edwards; Mr. Townley said to Mr. Zoffany that she is a charming girl and if she had a good fortune he would marry her directly! She asks Humphry to tell Mr. Tresham that she expects him to dance with her at the Little Festival of the Pergola; news of Zoffany's work and Townley, and forthcoming dances.