Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to G.E. Moore

Letter No.: 
[Mid October 1897]

Leith Hill Place
Nr Dorking

Dear Moore

Did Trevy1 tell you that I wanted Blake or was it unconscious cerebration (I don't mean that) which lead2 you to send me the beautiful book which arrived this morning. It seems a sort of insult to write and thank you as that is what I am doing to such quantities of unangenehm people (I put that word in to show you that I know some German - I doubt if it does so); but I must try and put on paper how good it is to receive a present like yours in the midst of a wilderness of social duties.
I am also going to spoil this letter by some business; your sister has not sent me any work for a long time - I have quite lost count of how many more lessons I owe her. Also I am going to Berlin - so I suggest that she should send the rest of her work to
E.H. Jones Esq3
10 Ashley Road
Hornsey Rise
London N

whom “I can confidently recommend” and I will arrange with him; but if she prefers to go on with me of course I can perfectly work it from Berlin, only the transit will take some time.

Yours very sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

1. G.M. Trevelyan.
2. sic
3. Evlyn Howard-Jones, who taught the piano at the Royal College of Music. VW had been teaching Moore's sister; see VWL228.


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Add.8330 8 V/3/2

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/1, ff.37-39
Cobbe 8
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