[W. S. Gilbert to Henry A. Lytton]
39 Harrington Gardens,
22nd, February, '87.
My Dear Sir,
Will you do me the favour to accept the accompanying walking-stick as a token of my appreciation of your excellent performance of the part of Robin Oakapple, undertaken as it was, at a very few hours' notice, and without any adequate rehearsal.
W. S. Gilbert
-from The Secrets of a Savoyard by Henry A. Lytton (London: Jarrolds, n.d.) p.47.