Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cecil Sharp

Letter No.: 
VWL436
Dec 28th [1917]

22 Marina
St Leonards-on-Sea

Dear Sharp

I've lately been spending some delightful hours over your American book1 - a wonderful collection - of course I've only studied them “dry” - i.e. just looking at them as I've no piano or any instrument here - and one misses many beauties that way.
My favourite I think at present is “The False Young Man” (94A)
I was much interested in the first tune to “Lord Randal” - because I trace a slight family resemblance to the now well known Somerset Tune - which has always puzzled us so much.
I was so sorry to hear of your illness and do so much hope you are well again now - only go slow, we can't afford to have you breakdown - it wastes time in the end.  As for me - I came back from Salonica last August to try my hand at another trade - Artillery - I wondered if I was crazy to start an absolutely new subject at my age - However after 5 months of pretty strenuous work I have passed my exams & am now on leave awaiting my “pip” - what they will do with me then I have no idea.
We had a sight of Charlie2 last time we were in London - it was good to see him well again after all he has been through - or nearly well though of course altered.
Well - to our next meeting & all our best wishes for the new year
Yrs ever

R. Vaughan Williams


1. C.J. Sharp and O.D. Campbell, English folk-songs from the Southern Appalachians (London, 1917).
2. Unidentified.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/26, ff. 109-110
Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 109
Original database number: 
171228