February 27, 1884
Thanks for your letter of February 23rd. The Phil[harmonic] Soc[iety] orchestra (the greatest artists of England members)
14 1st Violins
12 2nd Violins
1 Side Drums
1 Bass Drum and Cymbali
Kindly say whether you require more instruments of any kind, and how many?
I should be glad to receive the “Husitská” band parts (that you already have) as soon as possible we wish the full score, so that our copyist may do his work carefully, and without any hurry. If you should be likely to arrive in London early in March, perhaps you would kindly bring the band parts? Or deliver them to our friends Messr. Novello for us? Please remember that we wish to know how many instruments you wish to employ.
In case you should be in London by next Wednesday, I send you a card of admission to the second Rehearsal preceding our next concert - and I should be very pleased to see you. I remain, dear Sir, yours sincerely.
Hon[orary] Sec[retary] Phil[harmonic] Soc[iety]
P.S. As musical critic of one daily London paper The Globe and also of the Observer, and the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, I have had the pleasure of writing warmly in praise of your noble “Stabat Mater”, which I hope to hear at the Albert Hall March 13. H. H.