Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Anthony Scott

Letter No.: 
29th November, 1950

The White Gates,

Dear Scott,1

I was very glad to hear your work2 and I think it is going to be extremely good, but please do not take my advice - it is always a mistake to take advice. What you have got to do is to see for yourself what you think of my suggestions. If you reject them then you will be all the stronger in your own opinion, which will be to the good. But never take anybody’s opinion unless you find you entirely agree with it. After all you know more about the work than I do.
Please give my kind regards to your Wife and I hope that one day we shall meet again.

R. Vaughan Williams

Anthony Scott, Esq.,
The Cedars,
near Slough, BUCKS.

1. Scott and his wife, Ruth, were close friends of the Finzis and became close friends of the VWs. See also VWL2118.
2. VW had heard a run-through of Scott's Violin Concerto played by Yfrah Neaman and Howard Ferguson at Ursula Wood's flat in Thayer Street.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/18, f. 194
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Typewritten, signed.

Cobbe 544
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