Comment on 20.3.1802
The letter, however, does not seem to have been written in haste. There are no mistakes or deletions, and only the last marginal comment seems added in haste. Generally, the letter leaves only the impression of the careful and somewhat slow style that characterizes Thorvaldsen’s more “official” letters like this one.
Thorvaldsen may have added “in haste” in order to excuse his spelling mistakes. In that case, this letter might be an example of the writing which Thorvaldsen did on his own without the help that he often received. Regarding this, see the related article about Thorvaldsen’s Spoken and Written Language.
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