Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maud Karpeles

Letter No.: 
[6 May 1937]

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

Dear Maud
This is very distressing - I did read the minutes - but I suppose not carefully - for I did not notice anything beyond the usual wrangles.1
What my position is I don't quite know - I adumbrated retiring to Douglas2 some time ago - & I certainly do not want to remain on a truncated B.A.C.3 - but I do not want it to appear that there has been collusion between us. The one thing I shd like to remain on wd be the Journal subcommittee where I think I cd be useful (will you remain on this?)

I've been through the Sharp accomps and marked them4
Yes (which means yes
No (which means that either I don't like the tune or the accomp)
Re which means that the accomp needs revision
I've had a shot at one or 2 myself. Shall I send what I have done or wait till I've done a few more
I'm sorry you didn't like the production of H. the D.5 - I thought it 1st rate far the best there has been

1. This letter was written in response to a letter of 4 May 1937, where Karpeles informed VW that she had resigned from the Executive Committee of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
2. Douglas Kennedy, Director of the Society.
3. Board of Artistic Control of the Society.
4. Perhaps for the folksongs to be included in the Novello school series.
5. Hugh the Drover, VW's opera.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/3/2, ff. 36-38
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Date from context.