September 30th, 1885
I take the liberty of sending you, by the same mail that takes this letter, a copy of the words of the “Stabat Mater” with annotations. As no copies of the book of the words had reached Melbourne when the Philharmonic Society commenced their preparation for your grand work, I willingly undertook the pleasant task of writing the little book which I send you. I am fully aware that I have done but very scant justice to your majestic composition. But what I have done, was to me a work of great love.
I am now, Sir, going to muster up courage to behold enough to ask, from that generosity which your enchanting music tells me is yours, that you would honour me by sending me your photo with a bar of music on it. I wish my children to be familiar with the features of him who has written the heavenly strains of the “Stabat Mater”. I am sure your kind heart will not allow you to be offended at the liberty I have taken. My children all sang at the Philharmonic Concert, and they are all in love with your beautiful work. I know it will be a pleasure for you to hear that your fame has reached this far-off land. It may be already truly said of your words: - “In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum, et in fines orbis terrae verba earum”
With most profound respect, I remain, dear Sir, yours faithfully