Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Malcolm Sargent

Letter No.: 
November 24th 1954.

Laurelton Hotel,
147 W. 55th St. New York

Dear Malcolm,
I am so sorry but I have already, some time ago, had a letter from the Oxford Press telling me that Edinburgh had been asking if I had a new work, and explicitly stating who was to conduct it and play it.
As far as I can remember I replied, as I usually do, that I had no idea whether there would be a new work or not, but that if there was, they could have it under the conditions they proscribed; so unless its twins what are we to do? I need hardly say what an honour I feel it that you should ask me for a new work to be played by the B.B.C. Orchestra under you.
We are having a fine time in America, but are longing to be home, but alas, not in time for November 27th. And I fear that even this letter will not arrive in time to wish you good luck.
We must compare notes on Fuji Yama and the Grand Canyon.
Love from us both
Yrs Ralph



Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
1784/1/35, f. 42
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.