Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maud Karpeles

Letter No.: 
[August 1928?]

The Old Barn
Holmbury St Mary

Dear Maud
I'm fearfully sorry I can't come - I had to go up to London yesterday & I can't manage another day, with a lot of the opera still to be scored.1
-But I suppose the die is cast & we must just accept - I'm very sorry about it - I suppose Miss Lawrence2 wd not be a good person to put in? Wd it be a good plan if you felt inclined to come down here for the day & talk things over - we shd love to see you any day before 18th - except 5, 6 & 7 when I am at Gloucester3 - most exciting about your Oldham dance

1. Perhaps for a meeting of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The opera may have been The Poisoned Kiss or Sir John in love (see VWL634).
2. Miss E.F. Lawrence, later a prominent memebr of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
3. For the Three Choirs Festival.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/3/1, ff. 80-81
General notes: 

Date estimated from context in file - VW was at this address in August 1928 (see VWL633 and VWL634), and the Three Choirs Festival was in Gloucester that year. See also VWL4812.