Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Mr Burghes (OUP)

Letter No.: 
March 20 [1932]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Mr Burghes
Mr. Athelstan Riley is the only person likely to have copies of the original licenses but I suppose he would have handed them over to you if they existed.
I cannot believe that they can claim copyright in the idea of setting a tune to any particular words, but I suppose we must give in to them unless their fee is too exorbitant in which case I should feel inclined to fight some more. I return the 'Musical Times' herewith.1
Yours sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

1. 'They' presumably refers to Novellos - see VWL3606.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Music Department, English Hymnal Company, General Correspondence, 1932
General notes: 

In the hand of AVW, signed by VW.