Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gerald Finzi

Letter No.: 
VWL3021
8th June, 1949

The White Gates,
Dorking.

Dear Gerald

Thank you so much for saying you will do it.1
I ought to have explained that you will not function until after both our deaths, unless of course one of us wishes to consult you unofficially.
As regards your two points:
1. You would, by my Will, have an absolutely free hand to do what you liked with all my manuscript works. As regards publication, that would rest with the Butterworth Trust - i.e.: they need not publish even if you do recommend it, but they could not publish unless you recommend it.

2. As regards the scattered manuscripts - I do not think there are many of them, and I do not think they are worth worrying about. I do not think they can be published or printed without the leave of my Executors.

My love to Joyce
Yrs

RVW

Gerald Finzi, Esq.,
Ashmansworth,
near Newbury, BERKS.


1. Finzi had agreed to become a literary executor for VW; see VWL3020.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
Finzi Box 10
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Typescript, signed with manuscript addition.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 523
Original database number: 
490608