Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Edward J. Dent

Letter No.: 
Feb 26th [1918]

13 Cheyne Walk
Chelsea, S.W.3.

Dear Dent

I was talking to my brother-in-law H.A.L. Fisher (minister of education)1 on Sunday - He thinks he could get a sum of money to start English opera - Now he has been talking with P. Greene1 & Beecham3 & sucking in their ideas - I am very anxious he should hear the ideas of the younger generation & suggested that you wd be the person to give him these. He wd very much like to have a talk with you about it - Could you find time when next you come to London to make an appointment with him? Now is the time to strike!
His address
Rt Hon: H.A.L. Fisher
43 Grosvenor Road

I'm off to France on Friday!
R. Vaughan Williams

1.  Herbert Fisher at this time held a Cabinet post as President of the Board of Education.  He was MP for the combined universities.
2.  Harry Plunket Greene, Irish bass baritone and son-in-law of Hubert Parry. 
3.  Thomas Beecham, the conductor.



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MS Add.7973, V/4
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Cobbe 112
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