2 pp. of a bifolium. Octavo. Dated London, June 13, 1914. In black ink. On stationery with "Gerrard 4343. Savoy Hotel, London." printed at head. In English. With original autograph envelope, ca. 110 x 165 mm., with name and address of recipient ("Mr. Frank Garlichs Metropolitan Op. House New York.") and return address ("U.S.A.") to recto. "Savoy Hotel" printed to verso. Postmarked London, June 13, 14.
Caruso thanks Garlichs for a substantial cash advance for the Metropolitan Opera's 1914-1915 season. He tells him when his season at Covent Garden will close.
"Many thanks for all informations[!] and for the receipt of the Columbia Bank of N.Y. in wich[!] you have deposit[!] in my account $9000 rapresenting[!] the advance that your Co owes me in account season 1914/15... My season here will be over at the 30th of this month and I will go in Italy. Please accept my best regards and excuse my Englisch[!]."
Very slightly worn; creased at central fold; occasional light smudging of ink, with no loss to text. Envelope slightly worn, soiled and stained; remnants of adhesive black paper mount to verso.
The 1914 season would be Caruso's last at Covent Garden. World War I erupted shortly after the season concluded, and Caruso did not return after the War's end in 1918. Item #23542
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