Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Kenneth Wright (BBC)

Letter No.: 
VWL1788
[15 June 1943]

Dear Mr Wright

In reply to your letter of  June 6th
Bushes & Briars   See Journal of the Folk Society Vol III (No 8) p. 143
Tarry Trowsers  do p. 153
Ward the Pirate do p. 163
On board a ’98 do p. 176

‘Harry the Tailor’ The tune was collected by me in Cambridgeshire 1905 (?) – the words are off a broadside as the original words were very fragmentary.1

Yrs sincerely

R Vaughan Williams


1. All these songs were published by VW in Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties (Catalogue of Works 1908/1) ‘Harry the Tailor’ was collected as ‘The lousy Tailor’ at Wilburton on 31 August 1906 but VW felt the original words were not publishable - see Catalogue of Works p.38-39. The question to which VW was replying is not clear.

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File 910, VW composer
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Date taken from receipt stamp.

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Letter
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430615