Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Martin Shaw

Letter No.: 

13 Cheyne Walk

Dear Shaw
Just back.  Sorry for delay in answering.
With regard to the tune - is it the same one as I have used in my Carol Fantasia?1  If so I shall be in a little difficulty with Stainer & Bell who may think they have a moral (though not a legal) right over a choral version of that tune.  But if they have no objection I have none - only you will also have to ask leave of Mrs Leather who is "part publisher" of the tune
It's splendid about the Carol Fant. at your church - awfully jolly of you.
I plan to be in London & free 1st2& 2nd of September (or 3rd) as the 2nd my "Wasp" Suite is done at the proms.  Could we meet about then[.]  I shd like to see your songs so much.
Are you better
Allen still has the Tallis, wish they cd get it out of him.

1.  Fantasia on Christmas carols, composed in 1912.
2.  "Evening" added in pencil by Shaw.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1767/3/1/1/12 (1)
General notes: 

Date based on chronological presentation in British Library; between 1911-1913.