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Venice
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

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VENICE 

CHAPTER X 

My Stay in Vienna--Joseph II--My Departure for Venice 

Arrived, for the first time, in the capital of Austria, at the age of
eight-and-twenty, well provided with clothes, but rather short of
money--a circumstance which made it necessary for me to curtail my
expenses until the arrival of the proceeds of a letter of exchange
which I had drawn upon M.  de Bragadin.  The only letter of
recommendation I had was from the poet Migliavacca, of Dresden,
addressed to the illustrious Abbe Metastasio, whom I wished ardently
to know.  I delivered the letter the day after my arrival, and in one
hour of conversation I found him more learned than I should have
supposed from his works.  Besides, Metastasio was so modest that at
first I did not think that modesty natural, but it was not long
before I discovered that it was genuine, for when he recited
something of his own composition, he was the first to call the

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