Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Edward J. Dent

Letter No.: 
[c. September 1924]

13 Cheyne Walk
Chelsea, S.W.

Dear Dent

I've written to the V.C.1 with great pleasure - you are the one person I want to see in that post. You've never had your deserts yet. I hear a rumour (confidential) that they may appoint C.W.2 and offer you a readership. - I do hope you wd pocket the insult & and accept it, if this be so - Because, to my mind, you wd then be professor de facto tho' not de jure - & it wd be splendid for Cambridge.3
Yrs very sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

1. Vice-Chancellor (of Cambridge University), Sir Albert Charles Seward.
2. Charles Wood, who was in fact appointed Professor on this occasion. Dent became Professor two years later in 1926 following Wood's death in July of that year. See also VWL558. to T.H. Marshall, in which VW explains why he himself had not stood for the post.
3. If this was offered Dent did not accept it but remained in London until he succeeded Wood.


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
Dent Archive 1924.6,7
General notes: 

Date from postmark. Addressed to Dent at Hotel Passage, Prag and redirected thence to Frankfurt o/M, Hospic Schweizerhof.

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