Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ray Henderson

Letter No.: 
[30th March 1923]

13 Cheyne Walk

Dear Sir1

In going through my letters today I came upon a kind one from you last year which somehow escaped my answering. Please accept my apologies.
Mr Coates’ notes on my “London Symphony” were unauthorized &, to my view, misleading - I am much obliged to you for calling my attention to it.2
Yrs faithfully

R. Vaughan Williams

1. Henderson was possibly the American songwriter (1896-1970), but more probably the press theatre agent and promoter, whose papers are in the New York Public Library.
2. Actually Mrs Madelon Coates, wife of  the conductor Albert Coates, who at this time was musical director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in America. He had conducted the first performance of the revised version of the London Symphony after the war in 1920. See further correspondence between Madelon Coates and Percy Scholes at VWL568.


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Date from postmark. Envelope addressed to Ray Henderson Esq, 244 West 44th Street, New York City, U.S.A.
VW corresponded later with Percy Scholes about this. See VWL568, VWL569, VWL570.

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