Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Leslie Boosey

Letter No.: 
August 6 [1933]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Mr Boosey
These youthful indiscretions were a great shock to me.  I think they were printed in proof by the 'Vocalist' company but never published & that you must have taken them over when you took Linden Lea etc.
Of course they belong to you and it is for you to settle whether to issue them of not - but I am not very proud of them.  If you do decide to issue them I must insist that the date of composition must be printed on the copy - I have corrected the proofs and return them - if you decide to go further please let me see a revise.  As regards the copyright of the words I have never made any arrangement with the authors or publishers.  So will leave that to you.

Yours sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

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General notes: 

The Two Old AIrs ("Adieu" and "Think of Me") were German folksong arrangements for soprano and baritone and piano.  First performed in 1903 and 1904 respectively, they appeared in print in The Vocalist of October 1903; they were reissued by Boosey & Hawkes in late 1933.

Foreman, Lewis, From Parry to Britten: British Music in Letters, 1900-1945, no.148.