Autograph letter signed.
8vo. 1¾ pp. on bifolium.
To François-Joseph Fétis, director of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, expressing his joy that his "ouverture" is programmed for the "3rd concert of the conservatory" and asking when the final rehearsal for this concert will be performed, as he plans to attend: "Cela sera pour moi un grand honneur si je pourrais être si heureux d'être présent à la dernière répétition, ainsi, l'exécution de la dite Ouverture, afin de l'entendre, sous votre habile direction".
It is not evident from the letter which ouverture was to be performed in Brussels. Anton Berlijn, a student of Louis Spohr and Ludwig Erk, was the long-term music director of the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg theatre. Among his numerous compositions are nine operas, seven ballets, the oratory "Moses on Nebo", and a symphony.
With a note on the verso: "Vicomte Bernard Du Bus de Gisignies Mardi [?] 10", probably in Berlijn's hand. Minor ink damage. Collector's note in pencil.