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Prague
Prague. Chopin is shown round the city by Vaclav Hanka, the Czech researcher of ancient remains. "He walked [with him] to some beautiful views. […] In general the city is immense, as it can be seen from the castle mountain, old and wealthy in the past." Chopin also visits Friedrich Wilhelm Pixis, director of the conservatory, he meets August Alexander Klengel, student of Clementi, the court pianist in Dresden. "I have heard him play his fugues for some two hours. I haven’t performed, because I wasn’t asked to, he plays well, but I would want something better (Quiet!)". He receives reference letters from Francesco Morlacchi, the court conductor of the king of Saxony in Dresden. 
In the diary of Vaclav Hanka, on the 23rd of September, Chopin writes an occasional mazurka (Mazurka in G major) for the lyrics by Ignacy Maciejowski What Flowers, What Wreaths (pl.  Jakież kwiatyjakież wianki). This fact is described in his letter to family (dated with 26th of August):"We had to write something in his book dedicated to special visitors in the Prague Museum. […] What to do as a musician? Luckily, Maciejewski had the idea to prepare four verses of Mazurka; I made music for it and I wrote it down together with my poet, in the most original way possible. Hanka was very happy, because it was a Mazurka for him, for his merits on the field of Slavic domain."

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In the diary of Vaclav Hanka, on the 23rd of September, Chopin writes an occasional mazurka (Mazurka in G major) for the lyrics by Ignacy Maciejowski What Flowers, What Wreaths (pl.  Jakież kwiatyjakież wianki). This fact is described in his letter to family (dated with 26th of August):"We had to write something in his book dedicated to special visitors in the Prague Museum. […] What to do as a musician? Luckily, Maciejewski had the idea to prepare four verses of Mazurka; I made music for it and I wrote it down together with my poet, in the most original way possible. Hanka was very happy, because it was a Mazurka for him, for his merits on the field of Slavic domain."

 
Arbalest
Warsaw, Chopin writes a letter to Tytus Woyciechowski: "What am I doing? I am leaving for the coming month, on the X, However, first I have to sample my Concerto [in E minor], because the Rondo is already completed. […] Today Hamlet, I am going to watch it." He describes his stay in Poturzyn: "Your fields have left me somewhat homesick – I keep thinking about this birch below windows. This arbalest! – like this romance! I remember this arbalest, you made me so tired with it for all my sins."
arbalest crossbow, metal bow on a basis and a spring. In 16th century it went out of use, later it was used only as a hunting weapon.  

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arbalest crossbow, metal bow on a basis and a spring. In 16th century it went out of use, later it was used only as a hunting weapon.