January 27, 1887.
DEAR M. DE LAVELEYE,
I learn with particular satisfaction that you are about to publish a detailed work on the Balkan Peninsula.
The well-being, tranquillity, and liberty of that region have now come to be of a more critical importance than ever to the interests of Europe.
It is, therefore, most material that the public mind in the various countries should be impartially and thoroughly informed; and I apprehend that the high reputation which you have justly acquired by former works on Great States of Europe, will, together with your known powers and wide sympathies, qualify you in a rare degree for the performance of this important task.
In this undertaking let me be allowed to wish you every satisfaction and success which prudence, energy, and ability can attain.
Dear M. de Laveleye,
Very faithfully yours,
W. E. GLADSTONE.