Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harriet Cohen

Letter No.: 
VWL976
[22 November 1931]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dearest Harriet

How can I say ‘no’ - when such a reward will be mine if I say “yes”?  I shall claim it to the full (and the 1580th)1
Yrs

RVW


1. This letter was a response to a request by Harriet Cohen for the Choral and Chorale Prelude, which VW wrote for A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen. See Cohen's memoir, A Bundle of Time (Faber, 1969), p.183. The reward was 10,000 kisses, the gradual paying off of which became a standing joke in VW’s letters to Harriet Cohen.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1642, ff. 16-17
General notes: 

Date from postmark (22 Nov 31).

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 192
Original database number: 
311122b