Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to an unidentified correspondent

Letter No.: 
16th October 1941

The White Gates,

Dear Sir

Your self-praise does not predispose me to go out of my way study your work.
But I am always anxious to help young musicians however badly they put their own case. But before I go any further I must have the testimony of some musician whose judgement I can trust that I shall not be wasting my time in looking at your score.
Yrs faithfully

R. Vaughan Williams 1

1.  Note on envelope in Cordelia Curle's’s hand: ‘Ralph’s letter to young musician which he hadn’t meant to send’. The draft is written on the back of a letter from AVW to Cordelia Curle, and was perhaps never sent. AVW’s letter says ‘He has his arrangements of carols for Iceland to occupy him.’

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MS Eng. d.3772, f. 57v
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Postmark: 16th October 1941

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