Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Professor H.G. Fiedler

Letter No.: 
August 16 1937

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

Dear Professor Fiedler

Please forgive my delay in coming to a decision, but I feel that the great honour which the University of Hamburg asks me to accept is more than a personal matter being in fact a gesture of recognition to the whole art of music in England through me as one of it’s1 representatives.  Therefore I found it necessary to consult with others before deciding.
You have assured me that this honour is offered purely in the cause of art by a learned body to a member of the English musical profession; that it implies no political propaganda and that I shall feel free as an honourable man, if I accept, to hold and express any views on the general state of Germany which are allowable to a British citizen.2
In these circumstances I have pleasure in cordially accepting the honour offered to me in your letter.
Yours sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams3

1.  sic.
2.  Printed in R.V.W.: a biography, p.217.
3.  In the hand of AVW, signed by VW.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/10, ff.84-85
Cobbe 282; R.V.W.: a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams, p.217.
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