Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Bernard Van Dieren

Letter No.: 
January 30 [1930]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Mr Van Dieren
Of course I will willingly do all I can and I enclose a letter to the Prime Minister's secretary which you can use or not as you like. But I want to make two suggestions -
(1) Before proceeding further would it not be better to find out whether it would be possible for Delius to receive an O.M.1 when there is already one musician (Elgar) who is a member of the Order - If only one musical O.M. is allowed at a time would it not be better to try for some other distinction?
(2) I presume you are asking several musicians besides myself to write - This I certainly think would be a good plan - it is the cumulative effect that is important in these to know the name of the Prime Minister's Secretary - so perhaps if you decide to make use of my letter you would kindly address & forward it for me.
Yours sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

1. Order of Merit. In the event VW was awarded the honour after Elgar's death.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/6, f. 149
General notes: 

In the hand of AVW, signed by VW.  Year estimated from context.