Gilbert's Letter to The Times of 12 March 1904
Issue 37340, pg. 9 col C

Savoy Opera

Sir,--Permit me to enter a protest against your dramatic critic's statement that Savoy opera has been snuffed out by musical comedy. Savoy opera was snuffed out by the deplorable death of my distinguished collaborator, Sir Arthur Sullivan. When that event occurred, I saw no one with whom I felt that I could work with satisfaction and success, and so I discontinued to write libretti.

I am your obedient servant,

March 11.
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