Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cedric Thorpe Davie

Letter No.: 
VWL798
September 23 [1935]

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

Dear Davie

The Choral Suite proofs arrived today.  Thank you very much for them and for the Symphony.1  You have done it splendidly and it has been a great help to me. 
In the Symphony I did not adopt your suggestions about the percussion since the triangle can only play 1 note wherever it is put – also I thought the Square bracket question though inconsistent was clear and I did not want to add unnecessarily to the nearly 900 corrections which you and I discovered between us.
The proofs of my Viola Suite2 will be coming in about October 3.  Would you care to undertake these, or would it be too soon before your departure.  Let me have a postcard soon.  I am delighted to hear about your Suite3 – I think it’s good for one to write a vulgar tune occasionally cf. C minor Symphony last movement.4
Good luck to your journeyings.5   As regards payment I have made enquiries – I find the lowest rate is 2/6 an hour so I hope you think 3/ an hour will be fair for rather specialised work of this kind & this shall include postage etc – Cheque enclosed.
Yrs

R. Vaughan Williams


1. The Fourth Symphony, Catalogue of Works 1934/13.
2. Suite for viola and small orchestra, Catalogue of Works 1934/11.
3. Possibly Thorpe Davie's Suite for school orchestra (1936).
4. VW is probably referring to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (or possibly Brahms’s First). 
5. Thorpe Davie was going to Budapest to study with Kodály. The following year he went to Helsinki to study with Kilpinen.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS37758//5/251
General notes: 

In the hand of AVW signed by VW.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
350923