Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Percy Young

Letter No.: 
20th October, 1948.

The White Gates,

Dear Dr. Young,

I make it a rule never to read anything written about myself before publication, otherwise I could hardly pass anything I did not like, and I might be held guilty of inspiring anything which I did like.
Of course any facts you want to know I shall be delighted to help you with, but I am afraid you will find me very shaky as to dates, &c.
I look forward with great interest to your book when it comes out.1
I have today had a letter from Eric Greene.2 He tells me you are great friends.
Yours sincerely,

R. Vaughan Williams

Dr Percy M. Young,
Wolverhampton & Staffs Technical College,

1.  Young's biography: Vaughan Williams, London, Dennis Dobson, 1953.  See VW's reaction in VWL2682.
2.  A tenor, who often sung the Evangelist in RVW's annual performances of the St Matthew Passion at Dorking. See also VWL1825.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 161, f.138

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/17, f. 173
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.

Cobbe 503
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