My dear friend
I am most thankful for your last letter which gave me so much pleasure and I assure you on reading it I was affected to tears. I am fully aware that you are the only man and musician (among so many others) who understand[s] me quite well and to whom I must be always much obliged, having so much done for me. I can’t express my feelings of greatest gratitude to you for the kindness in performing my new composition I offered to you. I shall not fail to send you the full score as soon as possible. The orches[tral] parts you find in London.
As I remember, the Simfonie D minor has been performed only once under my own direction at the Philharmonic Concerts 1885 and you cane[!]1 give as much as you please. Repeating many many thanks to you
I remain sincerely yours