Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Maud Karpeles to the Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning

Letter No.: 
VWL4970
3 August 1940.

Christian Council for Refugees from Germany and Central Europe
Tea Time Concerts
Bloomsbury House,
Bloomsbury Street, W.C.1.

Dear Sir,
We wish to support the appeal which you are making for the release from internment of Mr. Robert Müller-Hartmann.1
He is a musician of the first rank, who, since he came to this country three years ago, has been making a valuable study of English music. Incidentally, his advice with regard to German music and musicians was of the greatest assistance in the promotion of the recent series of Tea Time Concerts.
He is a man of the highest integrity both as regards his art and his general conduct and mode of thought, and he is absolutely loyal in his sentiments to this country. We believe that it can only serve the national interest for a man of his calibre to have free intercourse with the citizens of this country.
Yours faithfully
Ralph Vaughan WIlliams
Maud Karpeles


1. According the the headed notepaper, VW was a patron of the Council from which the letter was sent (or possibly just of the Tea Time Concerts), and Karpeles was the Secretary. Müller-Hartmann had been interned as an enemy alien on the Isle of Man.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS. S.P.S.L. 290/1, f. 34
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.

Format: 
Letter