To Father Thomas Fitzherbert SJ,
Illustrissimus Collegium Anglicanum
From Maestro Giacomo Carissimi,
Second day of September, in our Lord's year 1634.
Yes, I know that I am very delinquent in responding to your last letter—no, it is last letters, since you have written three times to me since I last set pen to paper. Mea culpa, Father Thomas, mea maxima culpa. In your last letter you charged me with indolence. Acquit me, please, dear Father. As busy as affairs in Rome and Venice have been, so you say, they have been even . . .