Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gustav Holst

Letter No.: 
Nov. 16th [1918?]

My Dear V.

I've been trying to write to you for many days - It's funny with the news so wonderful that I ought to be able to write pages - but somehow it's produced a complete slump in my mind, & I've never felt so fed up with my job.
I wonder how you are getting on & whether you are arrived at your job yet - I hope for your sake it's not that God-forsaken place Summer Hill Camp.1
Meanwhile we are probably going a long journey - I don't look forward to it much - trekking all that way this cold weather - nor our job when we get there - but still one has to take things as they are.
Let me have a letter - & a less dull one than this - this is only to let you know I am alive & well - I feel incapable of anything else.
Yours always


1. Holst had been seeking work on active service and had obtained a post as YMCA music organiser. After training he had been sent to Salonica and was indeed at Summer Hill Camp. See Short, Gustav Holst: The Man and his Music (Oxford 1990) p.166.


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 158, f.65
General notes: 

Not in Heirs and Rebels. Year from reference to 'good news' - end of war.

R.V.W.: a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams, p.130.
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