Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Arnold Barter

Letter No.: 
2nd February, 1952.

The White Gates,
Dorking, Surrey.

Dear Barter

I am so sorry to hear that you are ill in hospital.  You must get well soon and go on with your great work.  I feel sure that while you lie in bed you plan great ideas.
I was so glad to have even those few minutes with you the other day.  I thought it was a perfect scandal that they did not ask you, in your responsible position in Bristol music, to do the ceremony and the lunch.  Still, I don't suppose that you appreciate Bristol milk!1

R Vaughan Williams

Arnold Barter, Esq.,
9, Hurle Crescent,
Clifton, Bristol.

1. VW had been awarded an honorary D.Mus by Bristol University on 14th December. Harvey’s Bristol Milk is a rather sweet sherry, which VW liked a great deal.


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