November 12, 1887
My dear Friend,
Some time ago I sent you some photographs of yourself and Panni[!]1 Dvořák, taken while you were my visitors. I sent them to your country house, Vysoká. Did you receive them? And did you like them?
And now my friend, how are you? [?] I hope you are well and your family also. Do you ever think of the time you spent in Birmingham? Do you remember you promised to give me “die skizzer” of “Die Spectrebraut”? When will you send them to me? We are going to perform your “Spectre’s Bride” in Birmingham again this winter, and I should much like to study the work by the light of the sketches!
It would give me so much pleasure to look at them.
Do you remember Mr. Spencer? We dived with him the day your symphony was performed. Well I am sorry to tell you that he died two months ago. He was only ill a short time; the disease was inflammation of the lungs, and he was only 45 years old. He was a very good, amiable man,
Our next Festival will be a poor one. Nothing from Mr Dvořák! And now Mr Mackenzie cannot write his oratorio, so what shall we do?
What are you composing now? I see you have published op. 75, “Romanishce Stücke for violin + PF. I have not yet got a copy. I have a society for ensemble playing, and we are going to study your string quartets, and pieces.
Do you remember playing over a song at my home ?
Madame Dvořák said she would send a copy to Madame Pollack who would like to sing it. Is it published?
You see what a lot of questions I have to ask you, and all because you do not write to me. What is the reason? Am I no longer your friend?
Make me happy with a letter!
Our old friend Mr Praeger has composed an oratorio “Maria Magdalena”, and I cannot help him to get it performed. He also is unhappy!
We have had little Josef Hofmann here. At his recital the Town Hall was crowded. It fell to me to give him a theme for improvisation. He is a “Wunderkind”.
And now my friend, I must close. We are all well and send kindest greetings. If you will not write, think sometimes of your friend.
Stephen S. Stratton