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Dresden, sedan-chair and knitting needles
After his departure from Warsaw Chopin arrived in Dresden in November 12. In his letter to the family (November 14) he wrote: "I have managed to find a short moment to write several words about my situation. I come back from the Polish dinner, that is a dinner where only Poles were present. I have left them, I came back alone to write, because the post collects letters at 7 in the evening and I would love to listen to The Mute Girl from Portici [Auber] again today. […] My first visit was at Ms. Pechwell. She performed on Friday in a local place and she made it possible for me to visit it. The same evening The Mute was staged in the theatre. […] dressed as best as I could I sent for the sedan-chair, I came in this weird box and I ordered to be taken to the Kreissig’s house, a place where this musical evening was to take place. On my way I was laughing at myself when I was carried by those liberal sedan-chair carriers; I wanted to run away through the floor, but I gave this idea up. This drosky took me to the very steps of the house. I got off and I asked Ms. Pechwell to check me in; so here comes the host of the house with great bows, courtesies and myriads of compliments, he took me to a room, where on both sides of eight enormous tables I noticed many sitting ladies. Not the diamonds being worn by them, but the knitting needles flickered in my eyes. No jokes, the number of ladies and knitting needles was so enormous that we could apprehend some sort of uprising against men which I guess only with glasses and bald heads would have to be won: there were many glasses on noses and bare skin everywhere. The rustle of those knitting needles and tea cups was quieted by the music coming from the other side of the room." And he adds about Dresden: "Apart from the gallery of paintings I haven’t seen anything twice in Dresden; Grüne gewelbe it’s enough to see once…"
The house mentioned in the letter belonged to Ludwig Kreyssing the court adviser and medical adviser. It was a rich mansion with wide garden located at the 714 Moritzstrasse next to Maximiliansallee. Chopin described with irony the concert at which ladies were knitting. This habit was widespread in Germany. 

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The house mentioned in the letter belonged to Ludwig Kreyssing the court adviser and medical adviser. It was a rich mansion with wide garden located at the 714 Moritzstrasse next to Maximiliansallee.

Chopin described with irony the concert at which ladies were knitting. This habit was widespread in Germany.