12 Greenwood Road Dalston. E. 2 Nov. 1886 My dear friend, I can hardly tell you how sorry and disappointed we all were that you were not able to be with us last night. My choir wished so much to sing your work to you, and if you had come I am sure you would have been pleased with their enthusiasm. I have never known them love any music more than they all do the ‘Spectre’s Bride’. I am glad to say that they sang it splendidly; everybody was delighted with the performance. The hall was crowded - “ansverkauft”, and I have never seen our audience more enthusiastic. I hope you and Mrs. Dvořák are both better. I shall come to hear ‘St. Ludmila’ on Saturday. I was very sorry I could not hear it on Friday; but I had the last rehearsal for the ‘Spectre’s Bride’ on that evening. I am sure I need not tell you how heartily I wish you every success with ‘St. Ludmila’ at the Crystal Palace. With best regards, I am, my dear friend, Yours very cordially, Ebenezer Prout Have you bought any pipes lately?