Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Edward J. Dent

Letter No.: 
[24 May 1915]

B.W.T.A. Soldiers' Recreation Rooms,
Friends' Meeting House,
Saffron Walden,

From 2033 Pte R.V. Williams
2/4th London Field Ambulance

Dear Dent

I shall be delighted to do what I can for Pole1 - I know no one of importance in America but I am writing him a testimonial - on this paper!
Don't you think it would amuse you to come over on your bicycle to see me one day. I'm usually done by 4.0 - & its only 14 miles - I can't come & see you because its out of bounds! I billet at 29 Bridge Street about the 3rd cottage on the right as you enter the town from Cambridge.
I expect you are doing much more for your King & Country than I am - indeed you can't be doing less.


P.S. Cecil Forsyth2 is in America - wd it be worth your while to write to him - I will try & get his address if you think it is a good plan.3

1.  Reginald Pole; presumably Dent had asked VW to provide an introduction in America; Reginald had been at Cambridge University where he founded the Cambridge Marlowe Dramatic Society in 1907 with Rupert Brooke; he was an actor and eventually became a theatre director.
2.  Cecil Forsyth, author of Orchestration (London & New York, 1914). He worked for the music publisher H.W. Gray in New York which represented Novello's in America in 1937. 
3.  The postscript is written on the envelope.


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MS Add.7973, V/4
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Cobbe 94
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