Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gilbert Murray

Letter No.: 
Aug 16th [1937]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Professor Murray

Thank you very much for your advice which has been most valuable to me.
I have decided to accept & have written a letter pointing out that in accepting I take it that (a) No political propaganda are implied (b) That it is merely a gesture of recognition from a learned body to the artists & scholars of England (c) That I shall feel honourably free after accepting to hold & express any views on the state of Germany which are at present allowable to me as a British Citizen.1
Yours sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

1.  VW had been offered an award from the German government. His words here closely echo the wording of his formal acceptance of the award, printed in R.V.W.: a biography,  p.217. See also VWL279.


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MS Gilbert Murray 82, f. 129
Cobbe 283
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