My very dear friend Broadwood,
I have never felt a greater pleasure than your honours intimation of the arrival of this piano, with which you are honouring me as a present. I shall look upon it as an altar upon which I shall place the most beautiful offerings of my spirit to the divine Apollo. As soon as I receive your excellent instrument, I shall immediately send you the fruits of the first moments of inspiration I spend at it, as a souvenir for you from me, my very dear B.; and I hope that they will be worthy of your instrument. My Dear Sir,
Accept my warmest consideration, from your friend and very humble servant, Louis Van Beethoven Vienna, 7th February 1818.
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