Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Frank Howes

Letter No.: 
May 13 [1938]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Howes
I know musical journalism is a dead-end. But, all the same, will you allow a budding musical journalist to come to you for advice and (if he is worthy) assistance?
address 67 Abbey Road NW8
He has the makings of a good musician & knows quite a lot, he writes well, though too prolix at present - at all events he has a lot to say. He was a student in Ford motorworks - dropped it all for music, whereupon his rich relations dropped him. He has done all sorts of things - He has washed down cars in a garage & is now in a horrible job, spying on fraudulent cinema managers at 35/ a week.
I believe he is worth helping - & have told him to ask for an appointment - but I have warned him that you may refuse to see him
Yrs sincerely
R Vaughan Williams


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Deposit 2009/21, Box 1

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/5, ff. 134-135