Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to William McKie

Letter No.: 
VWL4955
March 3 [1947]

The White Gates
Dorking

Dear Dr McKie
I think that after all I can do you a good souls1 according to you esteemed specification if you still want it. If so I do2 not sure as to how many of the words are usually set - wd you mind writing out the exact words you want set
Yrs sinc
R Vaughan Williams


1. McKie had asked VW to set the text 'The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God' and VW had initially declined - see VWL4954. The anthem was for a service to mark the opening of the Battle of Britain chapel at Westminster Abbey.

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MS 63215
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