Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Herbert Howells

Letter No.: 
31st December 1952

The White Gates,

Dear Herbert

Thank you very much for your share in my birthday present. The radiator warms both my heart and my feet.1
As regards your generous cheque, I have placed it in the hands of the Treasurer of the L.H.M.F.,2 to be used at his discretion to give financial help to those choral societies who are in difficulties. I hope you will approve of this.
Yours sincerely,


   (R. Vaughan Williams).

1. VW had celebrated his 80th birthday on 12th October.
2. Leith Hill Musical Festival

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS 7832/376 pp
General notes: 

Typewritten; ‘Herbert’ and ‘RVW’ are VW’s hand – the remainder of the letter is typed since it was a letter being sent to all those who shared in making the present.  An unsigned copy is also at the Surrey History Centre from the files of Evangeline Farrer, marked 'for information' - she was the President of the Leith Hill Musical Festival.

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