Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Edward J. Dent

Letter No.: 
[?Middle of 1910]

13 Cheyne Walk
Chelsea, S.W.

Dear Dent

I was most interested in your  letter.
From our point of view your going wd be too awful - we can't afford to lose you - and though there appears to be nothing going which England can offer as an inducement to stay - yet I feel something must come soon &  things at Cambridge will get better - and "if and when" C.V.S.1 resigns - you ought to be offered the professorship  - whether you will is quite another matter - I suppose this American affair wd not last  for ever & you cd come back in 4 or 5 years and take  your rightful position in England.2
On the other hand your scope in Cambridge is enormous - I forget who said that there is no limit to what a man can achieve if he is willing to forego the credit of it - this is just  your case in Cambridge - not that you are without credit - I know well how openly grateful Gibbs, Steuart, D-Brown etc are to you - and myself too - if I may say so.
This is an absurdly impartial letter! I congratulate you on the success of yr concert (103 was first rate for Cambridge - and the absence of the hewall4 gang kept the atmosphere clear of the odour of stale German sausage).
May I have a programme & any notices for my book?


1. Charles Villiers Stanford, Professor of Music at Cambridge
2. Dent had been offered a Professorship in America (see VWL330)
3. Check reading.
4. Check reading.


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Dent Archive undated
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Obviously precedes VWL330.

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