Oct 22 1901
Dear Dr. Dvořák
I was very much surprised when I saw that Ludmila was to be done on the stage - but as it was announced in honour of your birthday I naturally thought it was being done with your approval. I am afraid we have no power to stop the performance. In England if the composer objected the performance would not take place whether the composer had the right to stop the performance or not.
The people in Prague say that we sold them the performing right in 1886 ? but I have not been able to find this out yet. If we did we never supposed they would put it on the stage.
My brother was coming to Prague to the performances of your Music and congratulate you on your birthday - now of course he cannot come.
With heavy congratulations from us all
Yours very sincerely
Alfred H Littleton