44, GROSVENOR PLACE. S.W.
Dear Mr Whistler
May I venture to ask you if you can at all summon the necessary afflatus to complete the charming little Annabel Lee of which I had a [preview?] in the early days of our acquaintance or if that cannot be if you will kindly let me have it in such unfinished state as you have been able to accomplish. Pray forgive the importunity if it be so
4 April 1874
The letter has a mourning border.