Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ralph Wedgwood

Letter No.: 
VWL177
Dec 30th [1903]

10, Barton Street.
Westminster.

Dear Randolph

It was nice to get your letter - I happened to be at L.H.P.1  by myself - having bicycled down on Boxing day.  I have put off answering you till I knew you were back again - though I thought - we both thought - a lot about you yesterday. May we really come and see you when your swearing is over - it is what we want to do more than anything - the limit you put is February - which happens just to fit in with us - as I have to be in London for lectures etc up to Feb the l6th and after that am absolutely free - may we come then - unless indeed the bubble reputation has ejected you from the cannons mouth.  Secretary sounds sort of next to general manager - is it?  We have kept silent on the point.
It is most interesting about Muriel Foster - it is true that I sent her some songs but I have never written one called ‘day and night’. I wonder if the wrong song got to the wrong name - or whether she has altered the title of one of my songs.  Yes - you ought to be pleased at her singing my songs [-] in my opinion she is “quite one of the best we’ve got” (as the lady said about Browning Shakespeare in the New Republic2).
I hope it was my song you liked - I would rather be praised for my songs by you than by any one*
Adeline sends her love
Yrs very affectionately

R. Vaughan Williams

*This is a bald statement of facts.


1.  Leith Hill Place.
2.  This may refer to the American journal New Republic.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/2, ff.56-58
General notes: 

Year from postmark.  Addressed to RW at 6 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
031230