Chopin’s arrival in London.—Musical
aspect of the British
metropolis in 1848.—Cultivation of Chopin’s music in England.—
Chopin at evening parties, &C. —Letters giving an account of his
doings and feelings.—Two matinees MUSICALES given by Chopin;
criticisms on them.—Another letter.—Kindness shown him.—Chopin
starts for Scotland.—A letter written at Edinburgh and Calder
house.—His scotch friends and acquaintances.—His stay at Dr.
LYSCHINSKl’S.—Plays at A concert in Manchester.—Returns to
Scotland, and gives A matinee musicale in Glasgow and in
Edinburgh.—More letters from Scotland.—Back to London.—Other
letters.—Plays at A “Grand polish ball and concert” In the
Guildhall.—Last letter from London, and journey and return to
Chopin arrived in London, according to Mr. A. J. Hipkins, on April 21, 1848.
[Footnote: The indebtedness of two writers on Chopin to Mr. Hipkins has already been adverted to in the Preface. But his vivid recollection of Chopin’s visit to London in this year, and of the qualities of his playing, has been found of great value also in other published notices dealing with this period. The present writer has to thank Mr. Hipkins, apart from second-hand obligations, for various suggestions, answers to inquiries, and reading the proof-sheets of this chapter.]