Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Joan Shaw

Letter No.: 
June 20 [1955]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
10, Hanover Terrace,
Regents Park,
London, N.W.1

Dear Joan
I fear from his letter that Martin considers his new "honour"1 as first an insult - & so it is in a way - the muddleheaded authorities are years behind time & niggardly in their gift.  But in these days when jockeys become knights is not a nominally smaller award more distinguished?
Any way in spite of the mess the authorities have made of things it gives all England an opportunity of shewing publically their love & admiration of a great man.
Love from us both

1.  On Shaw's receiving an FRCM.

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MS Mus. 1767/3/1/1/12 (1)