Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Norman Peterkin (OUP)

Letter No.: 
VWL1675
July 14 [1942]

The White Gates,
Dorking.

Dear Peterkin

I find I never answered your queries of June 11 about my men’s voice carol arrangements.1
(1)  Dives and Lazarus - words - The words are a combination of my own from the various versions (O.C.B.2 & English County songs chiefly)
(2)  Truth sent from above - The tune comes from 8 Traditional Carols (Stainer and Bell) & I also took the Oxford Carol used the same tune for O.C.B. - I did not consciously alter it.
(3)  Yorkshire Wassail - Tune & 1st verse from 8 Traditional Carols (Stainer & Bell) rest of words from O.C.B.
Yrs sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams


1.  Peterkin had written on 11 June asking whether the carols should be published as carol leaflets or in the series Oxford Choral Songs.  He also asked where VW had found the words in the instances listed.  Peterking wote to Stainer & Bell on 21 July asking for the relevant permisions.
2.  Oxford Carol Book

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
File 1198
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Letter
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420714a