Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Edward J. Dent

Letter No.: 
[About 1st April 1914]

Leith Hill Place,
Nr Dorking.
13 Cheyne Walk

Dear Dent

I don't know which of the two alternatives I hope is the true one. Because (A) I admire your judgement extremely but (B) I value your friendship even more - so if the two are in conflict I should not know which to choose - but let us hope that you are right & the two are compatible - & that I may trust and be grateful for the judgement which approves of the symphony1 & the friendship which has led you to write and tell me so. I am very glad you like it - I feel my self2  that I am perhaps beginning to emerge from the fogs at last.
I am glad you admire George's stuff3 - I believe he is going to be very great man - if indeed he is not so already.
Now I have something on my conscience - about two years ago you wrote to me about a young & struggling musician whom you asked me to invite to see me - at the time I was going away & cd do nothing - then I lost his name & address (Brixton I think) & have done nothing since - I feel thoroughly ashamed - can I do anything now?

R. Vaughan Williams

1. A London Symphony which had received its first performance on 27th March. See Catalogue of Works 1913/5.
2. sic.
3. George Butterworth

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Dent Archive 1914.5
Cobbe 85
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