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Arthur Bliss Archive

Letters - part 1

Letters to and from Arthur Bliss written between 1912 and the end of 1929, excluding the "War Letters" (1915-16)

The letters are arranged in chronological order. Many of the letters do not include the year of writing, which has been supplied editorially, based on the evidence of the content of the letter, and the address from or to which the letter has been sent. The date as found on the letter is enclosed in brackets.

The conventions A.L.S. and T.L.S. indicate Autograph or Typed Letter Signed. The addressee is spelt out in full before the form found at the beginning of the letter, which is enclosed in brackets. The quotation from the letter is either the first or a more interesting section. The signature at the end of the letter is given after a slash. Futher notes on the content are added, with editorial amplifications in square brackets.

The letters are kept order of the correspondent, i.e. the person to whom Bliss bliss wrote or from whom he received a letter.

Approximately 100 letters written by Arthur from the front in France between August 1915 and July 1916 to his father, brothers and family, were transcribed, annotated and printed. Only a very few have been included in the schedule of letters below. Both the originals and the printed edition are in the University Library.

 

Writer Date Description and content Addresses/Provenance
Bliss, Arthur. [1912]/10/28 (Oct 28) A.L.S. to C.H. Glover ("Glover") : "In the hope that you may stimulate and interest I am sending you a copy of a piano suite of mine" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Bliss music as mentioned: "a piano suite of mine - Intermezzo".
Institutions as mentioned: "Stainer & Bell".
Provenance: Bought from Travis & Emery (with copy of score now at MRS.12.1)
Bliss, Arthur. [1914] Photocopy of A.L.S. to Wilfred Owen ("Wilfred") : "I am so glad you will come on Wednesday, and I am sure it will do you good" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 21 Holland Park W.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1914/05/15 (Friday 15th 5.14) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Wilfred Owen ("Wilfred") : "I am awfully sorry about Monday next, but I am awfully full up that day, in fact my first free day is Thursday" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 21 Holland Park W.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1915/08/16 (Aug 16th) Photocopy A.S. postcard to Edward Dent : "Ever so many thanks for your letter and the refreshing news from Cambridge" / signed "A.E.D.B.". Address from: 13th R. Fus., B.E.F., c/o G.P.O.
Provenance: Cambridge U.L. (Add. )Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1915/08/28 (Aug 28th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Dent") : "I am greatly interested in the Mozart work. I heard that you were doing it for Beecham" / signed "A. Bliss". Address from: 13th R. Fus., B.E.F., c/o G.P.O. London.
Names as mentioned: "Mozart - [Thomas] Beecham - Clive Carey - [John A.] Noble - [Ferruccio] Busoni... I can't stand his music - 'The Newt' [Ursula Newton] - B. Jones - Howard [Bliss] - Purcell - Elgar  Cockaigne". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1915/10/16 (Oct 16th) A.L.S. to Gladys Millard ("Gladys") : "People seem to imagine us... looking fierce with a bayonet or charging about avoiding gas. As a matter of fact it is horribly monotonous. I have seen about 3 Germans, one only clearly - and he was a dear fat old man with glasses" / signed "Arthur". Address to: 21 Holland Park W.
Places as mentioned: "London". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Elgar, C. Alice. 1915/11/15 (15th Nov 1915) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Mr Bliss") : "I must send you a few lines to tell you I had great pleasure on Friday as I was able to hear your Quartet [String quartet, A major, Op. 4]" / signed "C. Alice Elgar". Address from: Severn House, Hampstead, N.W.
Names as mentioned: "Sir E.[=Edward Elgar]". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1915/11/22 (Nov. 22nd 1915) A.L.S. to Kennard Bliss ("K.") : "How goes it in England I hear you are very busy" / signed "Arthur". Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1916/01/15 (Jan. 15th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Dent") : "Many thanks for your letter... I have just come back from my leave - a bare six days" / signed "Arthur Bliss".
Names/titles mentioned in text: "The Critic / [Stanford] - "Hamilton Harty - Agnes [Darrell-Smith]- Sir Thomas [Beecham]- Gladys Moyer - [Cyril Bradley] Rootham". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1916/01/24 (Jan 24th 1916) A.L.S. to Francis Bliss ("father") : "I was greatly moved by the singing of the old Gregorian music" / signed "Arthur". Address from: Grand Hotel du Rhin Amiens.
Names as mentioned: "the Kaiser [=Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany] - John Barclay - [F.C.] Batty Smith - [John A.] Noble - I am glad Stanford's Opera [The critic] met with such success". Places as mentioned: "Amiens - Normandy - Switzerland". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1916/03/20 (March 20th 1916) A.L.S. to Francis Bliss ("father") / signed "Arthur". Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Names as mentioned: "Corelli - Bach - [L.B.L.] Seckham, the O/C Coy [Officer Commanding the Company] - Capt. [P.N.] Goodman".  Places as mentioned:"Mons - Ypres - Gallipoli" Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1916/07/08 (8/7/16) Printed postcard signed to Francis Bliss : "[Printed army postcard] I have been admitted into hospital wounded..." / signed "A.E.D. Bliss". Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1916/07/10 [Postmark: 10 JY 16] A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I got a piece of shell in my left ankle" / signed "Arthur". Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Places as mentioned: "England". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1916/07/13 [postmark] A.S. postcard to Francis E. Bliss / signed "Arthur". Address from: Havre.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Places as mentioned: "London". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Cary, H. 1916/08/04 (Aug: 4th 1916.) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Sir (Capt. A.E. Bliss)") / signed "H. Cary". Address from: Red Cross Hospital, Montrose, Scotland.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Names as mentioned: "Cpl Cox - Cpl Baker - L/C Hawkeworth - Sergt Goddard - Cpl Schubert".  Places as mentioned: "Albert - Rouen - Southampton - Aberdeen - Preston". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. [1916]/08/14 (Aug. 14th) A.L.S. to Herbert Howells ("My dear genius") : "I am recuperating after being wounded in the ankle at La Boiselle [sic]" / signed "A.E.D. Bliss". Address from: Empire Hotel Buxton.
Address to: Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London SW (original address letter has been forwarded twice).
Names as mentioned: "Ian Hughes - Daisy Kennedy - Moisevitch [=Benno Moiseiwitsch]". Provenance: Ursula Pelissier 1984/12/05.
Bliss, Arthur. 1916/08/18 (Aug 18th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Dent") : "I am, to be brief, recuperating after the heat of London, and the pain of my ankle" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Empire Hotel, Buxton.
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Bliss music as mentioned: "Fiddle Sonata [=Violin sonata] - scherzo-rondo for orchestra [?=Melee fantasque]". Other music as mentioned: "[Beethoven] Piano Concerto in C minor [no. 3, op. 37]".
Names as mentioned: "Ian Hughes - Daisy Kennedy - [Benno] Moiseiwitsch - Mark surnamed Hamburg [=Hambourg] - [Franz] Liszt - the Elgars - [R.A.] Streatfield - Lawrence Haward - Kennard [Bliss] - the Newt [=Ursula Newton]".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1916]/08/25 [postmark] (Aug. 26th) A.L.S. to Herbert Howells ("Sir") : "Your remark upon Elgar and his majesty King Charles the martyr of blessed memory are too heretical to pass unnoticed and uncorrected" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Empire Hotel Buxton.
Address to: Bath Villa, Lydney (original address forwarded to Glengarriff, Churchdown nr. Gloster [sic].
Names as mentioned: "[Edward] Elgar - King Charles the martyr [=King Charles I]".  Places as mentioned: "Worcester" Provenance: Ursula Pelissier 1984/12/05.
Bliss, Arthur. [1916/09/ ] (Tuesday) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Dent") : "I am afraid we had bad news last night, Kennard has been killed in the last fighting on the Somme" / signed "Arthur E. Bliss". Address from: 21, Holland Park, W.
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Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1916]/12/11 (Dec. 11th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Dent") : "Howard tells me that when he saw you in Cambridge, you said you knew one or two interesting folk in Bath" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 9, Richardson Avenue, Combe Down nr. Bath.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1916/12]/19 (Tuesday 19th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Dent") : "I went and saw the Moyers on Sunday, and found them very charming though not very interesting musically" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 21, Holland Park, W.
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Names as mentioned: "Gladys Moyer - Hunt - {Byril Bradley] Rootham - a certain Robinson - [Sergei] Rachmaninoff - [Charles] Hylton Stewart - Howard [Bliss]". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1917/06/24] [postmark] (Sunday) A.L.S. to Herbert Howells ("Herbert") : "Just a line to say you must dine with me quietly at home next Friday night 7.30" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Prior Park Bath.
Address to: Royal College of Music Prince Consort Road London SW.
Names as mentioned: "my father [Francis E. Bliss]". Provenance: Ursula Pelissier 1984/12/05.
Bliss, Arthur. [1917/11] Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Dent") : "How is the news with you? I am so completely rushed for time... It is just like being a prepatory School here" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Attd 18 O.C.B. Prior Park, Bath.
Other music as mentioned: "Samson and Delilah".  Names as mentioned: "how is [Cyril Bradley] Rootham? - Louis Bourgeois". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/01/12 (12/1/18) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Dent") : "Many thanks for your most welcome letter and criticism. Your suggested alteration is undeniably better for the Ballad Singer" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: No. 18 Officer Cadet Batt., Prior Park, Bath.
Other music as mentioned: "V.W. London Symphony - In the South - a Brandenburg".
Names as mentioned: "Gladys Moyer - Schuster - Adrienne Boult - an Arnold Bax MS".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1918/01/15] [postmark] (Tuesday) A.L.S. to Herbert Howells ("Herbert") : "Your letter came to me at a moment of great mental and physical lethargy" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: No. 18 Officer Cadet Battn. Prior Park Bath.
Address to: Bath Villa Lydney Glos.
Other music as mentioned: "his latest 3 to Blake's words - V.W. [=Vaughan Williams] London Symphony - [Richard Strauss] Don Quixote - [August Rodin] Eve [&] Bust of Victor Hugo".
Names as mentioned: "Frank Schuster - Wagner - Elgar - Roger Quilter - Madame [Lalla] Vandervelde - Adrian Boult - Bax - V.W.  [=Vaughan Williams]- [Edward Geoffrey] Toye - Hindenburg".
Places as mentioned: "Bath - Cardiff - Q.H. (Queen’s Hall) - Bath Museum". 
Provenance: Ursula Pelissier 1984/12/05.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/04/16 [postmark: 16 AP 18] Envelope to Francis E. Bliss : "envelope only, in Arthur Bliss's hand". Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/05/30 (30/5/18) A.L.S. to Herbert Howells ("Herbert") : "I am most awfully sorry about Tuesday last - I thought I was dining at home and could come - but I found I was going out" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 26 Eaton Mansions Eaton Square SW.
Address to: Bath Villa Lydney Glos (forwarded to Leigh Place nr Reigate Surrey.
Other music as mentioned: "[Bach] the 48 - Preludes - Jean Christophe".
Names as mentioned: "Dent - Keats - Yeats - [Louis Antoine L'aon de] St. Just - Rupert Brooke - Catullus - [Joseph] Addison - [George] Meredith".
Provenance: Ursula Pelissier 1984/12/05.
Bliss, Arthur. [1918/08/06] [postmark] (Sunday) A.L.S. to Herbert Howells ("Herbert") : "My letter will speak of two facts. Firstly I was 27 on Friday which I spent at home - it was dreadful" / signed "Arthur". Address from: Guards Camp Tadworth Surrey.
Address to: Bath Villa Lydney Gloucestershire (forwarded to Glengarriff Churchdown nr. Gloucester).
Other music as mentioned: "fiddle phantasy [Howells]".
Names as mentioned: "[Leonardo] da Vinci - Frank Mullings - [Lytton] Strachey". Places as mentioned: "France".
Provenance: Ursula Pelissier 1984/12/05.
Bliss, Arthur. [1918/08/11] [postmark] (Sunday) A.L.S. to Herbert Howells ("Herbert") : "I return the Sonata. You must not be pained by what I said" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 21 Holland Park W11.
Address to: Bath Villa Lydney Gloucestershire (forwarded to Glengarriff Churchdown nr. Gloucester).
Bliss music as mentioned: "2 songs [Hammers, Tramps/] - my small [Violin] sonata".  Other music as mentioned: "the Sonata [Howells] - the piano 4tet [Paino quartet] / [Howells]".
Names as mentioned: "my father [Francis E. Bliss]".
Provenance: Ursula Pelissier 1984/12/05.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/08 [postmark: 9 SEP 18] (Sunday) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "Have arrived safely after a long voyage from Southampton to Havre" / signed "Arthur". Address from: Guards Division, Base Depot, B.E.F.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Places as mentioned: "Southampton - Havre". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/09 [postmark: 10 SEP 18] (Sept. 9. 1918) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I have just heard I am posted to the first battalion [Grenadier Guards]" / signed "Arthur". Address from: Guards Division, Base Depot, B.E.F.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/12 [postmark] (Wednesday) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "My first adventure in this extraordinary land is to catch tonsilitis" / signed "Arthur". Address from: Guards Division Base Depot, B.E.F. France.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/15 (Sunday) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "It appears I have not got tonsilitis after all but a very agressive wisdom tooth" / signed "Arthur". Address from: No. 2 General Hospital Havre.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Places as mentioned: "Armatines". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Howells, Herbert. 1918/09/17 (Sept 17 1918) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "Your letter made me curse for two reasons - for your going to France again, and for the fact that I was in London on Sept 5th & 6th doing nothing" / signed "Herbert". Address from: Bath Villa Lydney Gloucestershire.
Names as mentioned: "Beethoven - Brahms - Elgar - Gurney - G.K. Chesterton". 
Institutions as mentioned: "R.C.M. [Royal College of Music]". Places as mentioned: "France - London - England - Beaconfield".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/18 [postmark: 20.SEP.18] (18th) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I am still here... I had my wisdom tooth with another one taken out two days ago" / signed "Arthur". Address from: No. 2 General Hospital, Havre.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/21 (21/9/18) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I was greatly please to get you letter yesterday" / signed "Arthur". Address from: Officer Section, No. 2 General Hospital, Havre.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Other music as mentioned: "'Essays and Studies' by members of the English Association".
Names as mentioned: "Howard [Bliss]".  Institutions as mentioned: "English Association - Clarendon Press". Places as mentioned: "Heathmere - Cambridgeshire".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/24 (24/9/18) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I left hospital this morning" / signed "Arthur". Address from: Guards Division Base Depot, B.E.F., France.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Names as mentioned: "Howard [Bliss] - [June] Lady Plowden - Joan [Plowden]- Russian Ballet". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/25 (25/9/18) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I enclose the memo to Lloyds Bank... You will see in Howells' letter that he is returning my music to you. When you open it will you write on the top of the violin sonata 'To Lady Elgar'" / signed "Arthur". Address from: Guards Division Base Depot, B.E.F.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Violin sonata". Names as mentioned: "[Herbert] Howells - Alice Elgar - [Arthur] Beckwith - [Keir] Campbell - Ethel [Bliss]".  Institutions as maentioned: "Lloyds Bank". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/09/29 (29/9/18 Sunday) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "Since my last letter I have been mostly on the move" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 1st Battn. Grenadier Guards.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Names as mentioned: "R. Fus - Keir Campbell - Spence - Farquharson - Kennaway - Vernon - Neill".  Places as mentioned: "Rouen - Hotel de la Porte". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/02 (Oct. 2nd 1918) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I have just had a very welcome post which brought me 2 letters from yourself, one from Ethel" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 1st Battn. [Grenadier Guards].
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Names as mentioned: "Ethel [Bliss] - Howard [Bliss] - Richard Ambatan - Charles Kennaway - Eddie Neill - Harcourt Vernon - [Keir] Campbell".  Places as mentioned: "Martin’s Picadilly". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/04 (Oct 4th) A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") : "Thank you very much for the news" / signed "A.". Address from: 1st Battn. Grenadier Guards.
Address to: Bilton Grange, Rugby.
Names as mentioned: "[Cyril Bradley] Rootham".  Places as mentioned: "Tadworth - Chelsea". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/07 (Monday 7/10/18) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I really don't know what the date is" / signed "Arthur". Address from: 1st Battn. Grenadier Guards.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Names as mentioned: "Bailey by name son of Lord Glannock... known as Bill - Coldstream Band - Sir Cyril [i.e. C.B. Rootham]... who was uncommonly flattered at your cutting out & sending to me the criticisms on his overture - Ethel [Bliss]". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/10 (10/10/18 Thursday) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "The last two days have been spent in marching from place to place..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Names as mentioned: "Joan [Plowden] - Peter [?]". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/15 (Oct. 15th Tuesday) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "Thank you for your letter and paper which constitute a splendid mail" / signed "Arthur". Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Names as mentioned: "Betty". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/26 (Oct 26th Saturday) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "Since last writing I have been in two night attacks, and during the second I had the bad luck to swallow a gulp of gas..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: No. 8 General Hospital, Rouen.
Names as mentioned: "an American, Lumley by name".  Places as mentioned: "Trouville". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/27 (Oct 27th 1918) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I am now here, and probably shall remain here for a week or so" / signed "Arthur". Address from: No. 72 General Hospital, B.E.F.
Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Places as mentioned: "Trouville - Rouen". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/27 (Oct 27th 1918) A.L.S. to Howard Bliss ("H.") / signed "Arthur". Address from: No. 72 General Hospital, B.E.F., France.
Address to: Bilton Grange, Rugby.
Names as mentioned: "2nd Scots Guards - Caius Julius [Caesar] - Cicero - [Cyril Bradley] Rootham". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1980/10/2/9.
Bliss, Arthur. 1918/10/27 [postmark] Printed Field Service post card signed to Francis E. Bliss : "I have been admitted into hospital sick..." / signed "Arthur". Address to: 21 Holland Park.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1919]/08/25 (Aug 25th) A.L.S. to Wilfrid Martineau ("Wilfrid") : "I was slightly surprised and delighted to see you writing again... I propose to marry a certain American girl, by name Zola" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Hall Place, Selsey Sussex.
Names as mentioned: "a most charming person - father [Francis E. Bliss] - a small daughter - the Parsons - Zola".  Places as mentioned: "Bath - London - Paris - England". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. [1920]/07/31 (July 31st) A.L.S. to Herbert Howells ("Herbert") : "All good luck and best wishes for your future happiness and sucess" / signed "Arthur". Address from: The Beacon Hotel Crowborough.
Address to: Bath Villa Lydney Gloucestershire.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Woolf, Virginia. [1920]/11/04 (4th Nov) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Mr Bliss") : "It is very kind indeed of you to send me the notice of the concert of which I had not heard" / signed "Virginia Woolf". Address from: 52 Tavistock Sq.re, WC1.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1920/12/14 (December 14th, 1920) Photocopy of typed postcard to Mr & Mrs Cotterell ("Mr & Mrs Cotterell") : "I want to thank every member of the Philharmonic Society's Orchestra and Chorus for their fine performance of Berlioz's Faust." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 21, Holland Park, London (postmark Portsmouth).
Address to: 6a Arundel Street.
Other music as mentioned: "Faust - B Minor Mass". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1921/10/04 (Tuesday evening) Photocopy of A.L.S. of typed transcript to Adrian Boult ("Adrian") : "It was good to get your letter and the lecture which indeed reached me at a lucky moment. ... / signed "Arthur". Address from: 21, Holland Park.
    Bliss music as mentioned: "Melee [fantasque] - Rhapsody - Rout -Double concerto [for 2 pianos and orchestra] - [Madam] Noy - Clarinet songs [Two nursery rhymes]".
Names as mentioned: "[Edward] Clark (conductor) - Myra [Hess]". Other music as mentioned: " Beethoven Mass [Missa solemnis]". Places as mentioned: "Prague - Vienna - London - Germany (the Fatherland) - Salzburg".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1922/07/21 (July 21st) A.L.S. to ?? Capell ("Mr Capell") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 21 Holland Park.
Bliss music as mentioned: "programme notes of my symphony. It is to be called A 'Colour' Symphony". Provenance: Bought from Sotheby's 1979/05/15.
Bliss, Arthur. 1922/09/26 (Sept. 26th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Ernest Newman ("Mr Newman") : "I fear the oboe concerto will not be finished in time of the Prom Concert on Oct. 12th" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 21 Holland Park, London W. 11.
Bliss music as mentioned: "oboe concerto" [never completed] Provenance:?? [200?]
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/03/17 (March 17th) A.L.S. to Gordon Bryan ("Gordon") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Tudor House, Selsey-on-Sea, Sussex.
Bliss music as mentioned: "I am sorry I have been lax over the concerto [for piano, tenor, strings & percussion]".
Names as mentioned: "[Eric] Blom's notice of the concerto - [Cyril Bradley] Rootham".
Provenance: Bought from Maggs Bros. 1981/04/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1923]/03/27 (March 27th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Otto Kling ("Mr Kling") [Director of Chester Music] : "May I suggest you at once publish the viola part of Tertis arrangement [of the Two nursery rhymes]" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address to: c/o Westminster Bank Ltd. Notting Hill Gate W.11.
Names as mentioned: "Lionel Tertis". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/04/09 (April 9th) A.L.S. to Gordon Bryan ("Gordon") : "There is 100-1 chance that it [Concerto for piano, tenor, strings & percussion] ] may be done at Salzburg Festival" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Royal Palace Hotel, Kensington, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Also send concerto [for piano, tenor, strings & percussion] when finished to Mrs [Violet] Balkmill - Melee [fantasque]".    Institutions as mentioned: "British Music Society - F.& B. Goodwin - Salzburg Festival". Provenance: Bought from Maggs Bros. 1981/04/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/04/18 (April 18th) A.L.S. to Gordon Bryan ("Gordon") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Royal Palace Hotel, Kensington, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Melee [fantasque] - the concerto [for piano, tenor, strings and percussion]". Names as mentioned: "Mrs [Violet] Balkmill - Henry [Wood?]".
Institutions as mentioned: "British Music Society - Salzburg Festival committee". Places as mentioned: "Zurich".
Provenance: Bought from Maggs Bros. 1981/04/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/05/23 (May 23rd) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "I take the liberty of enclosing a letter of introduction you..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: c/o Fulton Trust Co., 149 Broadway, New York.  
Places as mentioned: "Los Angeles - New York". Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague (Secretary: M.A. Bristol) 1923/06/01 (June 1, 1923) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur Bliss") : "Your letter of May 23rd with its enclosed has reached me... Mrs Coolidge is at present in Europe...". Address from: 24 North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
Address to: Fulton Trust Co. 149 Broadway, New York.
Places as mentioned: "Europe - California". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/06/07 (Jun 7th: 8/9 1923) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague (Secretary: M.A. Bristol) Coolidge ("Miss Bristol") : "I wonder whether it would be possible to attain a ticket for in the Pittsfield Festival" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Lake Mohonk Mountain House, New York.
Names as mentioned: "Frank Bridge - Mr Eugene Goossens". Institutions as mentioned: "Pittsfield Festival" Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague (Secretary: M.A. Bristol) 1923/06/09 (June 9, 1923) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Mr. Bliss") : "In reply to your letter of the 7th would say that you did exactly the proper thing in making application for a ticket to the [Pittsfield] festival.". Address from: 24 North Street, Pittsfield, Mass.
      Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Frank, E. 1923/06/14 (June 14th 1923) Photocopy typed postcard to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge : "Your letter addressed to my son, Arthur Bliss, has been received..." / signed "Frank E. Bliss". Address from: Lake Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Lake, N.Y.
Places as mentioned: "Asheville, N. C. - Niagara Falls, N. Y.". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. [1923/06/15] Photocopy of A.L.S. to Carl Engel ("Mr Carl Engel") : "I am on my way out west, via the Rockies and I was hoping to have the pleasure of seeing you to-day" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Library of Congress, Music Division, Washington [headed paper - not address].
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/06/16 (June 16th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Have I written to you two or three times, I've forgotten? ... I find no one wants to listen to my music, but they all want to hear my peculiar English voice" / signed "Thomas". Address from: The Prospect House, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Names as mentioned: "Cynthia [Mahoney]". Places as mentioned: "North Carolina". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/06/22 (June 22d 1923) A.L.S. to Edward Dent ("Arthur Bliss") : "I take the opportunity of a drenching day to write to you... so much has happened... it is a blow to find music regarded here NOT as an art but (1) as a business... (2) as a substitute for emotion... I have not fa Address from: Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alta.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Your 4tet by the way is nearly complete - I have written over a dozen songs to the words of the VIII century Chinese Li Po, translated exquistely by a Japanese scholar Omata [Ballads of the four seasons]".
Names as mentioned: "Pierrot Lunaire [Schoenberg] - Gibb's Songs - Walton's [String] 4tet - Pfitzner "Romantic Cantata" [ Pfitzner, Hans. Von deutsche Seele(?)]. will be played in New York".
Places as mentioned: "Klav[?] theatre - California".
Provenance: Photocopy from the Rowe Library, King's College, 1993/10/01.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/07/11 (July 11th) A.L.S. to Gordon Bryan ("Gordon") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Fairmont Hotel, San Fransisco.
Bliss music as mentioned: "celebrate the playing of the concerto [for piano, tenor, strings and percussion]".
Names as mentioned: "Sir Dan [Godfrey] - Landon Ronald - Clara Butt & Melba". Places as mentioned: "Aquitania - New York - North Carolina - Niagra - The Rockies - Vancouver - San Fransisco - Holywood - Bournemouth".
Provenance: Bought from Maggs Bros. 1981/04/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/08/10 (Aug. 10th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to M.A. Bristol ("Miss Bristol [Secretary]") : "You asked me to let you know my address for August..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Paradero, 15 School House Road, Montecito, Calif.
Institutions as mentioned: "Pittsfield Festival". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bristol, M.A. 1923/08/18 (August 18, 1923.) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Mr. Bliss") : "Thank you for your letter of the 10th giving me your California address" / signed "M.A. Bristol (Secretary)". Address from: Berkshire Music Colony, Inc., Pittsfield, Mass.
Institutions as mentioned: "Pittsfield Festival".   Places as mentioned: "California - New York - Maplewood [Hotel], Pittsfield". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/08/29 [postmark] Telegram to Bryan Gordon & Archibald Winter ("Bryan Gordon & Archibald Winter") : "Best wishes" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Santa Barbara.
Address to: Queen's Hall, London.
[Performance of the Concerto for piano, tenor voice, string orchestra, percussion] Provenance: Bought from Maggs Bros. 1981/04/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/09/05 (Sept. 5) Photocopy of A.L.S. to M.A. Bristol ("Miss Bristol [Secretary]") : "Thank you for your kind letter and enclosed invitation" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Paradero, 15 School House Road, Montecito, Santa Barbera.
Institutions as mentioned: "Pittsfield Festival". Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bristol, M.A. 1923/09/17 (September 17, 1923.) Photocopy of night letter of The Western Union Telegraph Company to Arthur Bliss ("Mr. Arthur Bliss") : "Have mailed Festival admission card..." / signed "Miss Bristol [Secretary]". Address to: Paradero, 15 School House Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara, California.
Institutions as mentioned: "Pittsfield Festival". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/10/11 (Oct. 11th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "Just a short note to thank you again for the great pleasure that your festival gave me" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 54 West 54 St., New York.
Names as mentioned: "Festival 4tet [quartet]".   Institutions as mentioned: "Pittsfield Festival". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/10/31 (Oct. 31st) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "Thank you very much for your kind invitation to your reception... I am so sorry that I shall be at Wellesley College that day" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 54 West 54 St., New York.
Names as mentioned: "Miss Calista Rogers". Places as mentioned: "Wellesley College - Philadelphia". Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. [1923/10] (undated) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "I am already going to the concert to-night, unfortunately, with another party..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 54 West 54 St.
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/12/07 (Dec 7th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "I was so sorry I could not get to the reception that you gave to Miss Hess on Sunday" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 210 West 44th, New York City.
Names as mentioned: "Miss [Myra] Hess - my brother [Howard Bliss]".
Places as mentioned: "Hartford".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. 1923/12/18 (Dec.18th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Thomas F.M.". Address from: c/o Fulton Trust Co. 149 Broadway New York.
Address to: 9 Highdown Road, Hove, Sussex, England [forwarded to] 83, Marina, St. Leonard-on-Sea, Sussex.
Names as mentioned: "Podge [3rd daughter of Col. and Mrs Fischer, known as ’Podge’] - Howard [Bliss] - Lloyd George - Charlie Chaplin - the daughter of the old sea dog [Kathleen D.]". 
Places as mentioned: "New York - London - Boston - Bath - Cambridge (England) - California - Santa Barbara".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1923/12] (Wednesday) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "Many thanks for the gift of the 2 seats for the Boston & Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 210 West 44th.
Institutions as mentioned: "Boston Symphony Orchestra - Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra". Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. 1924/01/06 (Jan. 6th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "Mr Arthur Bliss accepts with great pleasure the invitation of Mrs Coolidge to the reception on Saturday the twelfth of January" / signed "Mr Arthur Bliss". Address from: 210 W. 44.
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Library of Congress. 1924/02/18 (Feb. 18, 1924) Photocopy T.L. to Arthur Bliss ("Mr. Bliss") : "Of course do we care to have the holograph of the first movement of your Colour Symphony". Address to: c/o Fulton Trust Co. 149 Broadway, New York City.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Colour Symphony". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1924/10/21 (Oct. 21) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Now for a bombshell! Take cover! When you next see me I shall be the complete married man" / signed "Thomas". Address from: Schoolhouse Road, Santa Barbara, California.
Address to: Cavendish Club, 119 Piccadilly, London.
Places as mentioned: "Boston - Europe". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1924]/11/18 (Nov. 18th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Tuthill ("Tuthill") : "I am so glad Rainer is doing the symphony" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Schoolhouse Rd Monteceto Santa Barbara.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Masks - the 4tet [which quaret?] & songs with 4tet [3 Romantic songs]".
Names as mentioned: "Rainer [i.e. Fritz Reiner] - George H. Dows". Places as mentioned: "Cincinnati".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980's.
Bliss, Arthur. 1924/11/18 (postmark: NOV 22 1924)(Saturday) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Ernest Newman ("Tuthill") : "I am in New York for a coule of days and should like to have caught a glimpse of Mrs Newman and yourself ... I shall be back in London in June" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Hotel Holley, Washington Square West, New York, N.Y. [and] Schoolhouse Rd Monteceto Santa Barbara, Calif.
  Provenance: ??
Bliss, Arthur. 1925/05/08 (May 8th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") / signed "Arthur Bliss F.M." ; signed "Thomas". Address from: Schoolhouse Road, Montecito, Santa Barbara.
Other music as mentioned: "Star Spangled Banner".
Names as mentioned: "my wife [Trudy Bliss] - the savage Captain (the fiance of Kathleen D. ?)". Places as mentioned: "London - the White Cliffs of Dover - Roubaix".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague. 1925/12/14 (December 14, 1925) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "It was a joy to me to receive from your London publishers the other day, the published copy of your lovely music...". Address from: From Mrs. Frederick S. Coolidge, 99 Irving Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Address to: c/o The Community Arts Association, Santa Barbara, California.
Names as mentioned: "but have promised the Eichheims [Henry & Ethel Eichheim] to visit them a little before the festival".   Places as mentioned: "California - Ojai Valley". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1926/07/20 (July 20th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "I hope you will forgive me for not joining you at the ballet last night" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3 Redcliffe Square, London S.W10.
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss]". Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. 1926/07/22 [postmark] A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Just a line to say that I have a little daughter" / signed "Thomas". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Address to: 13 Moore St., Cadogan Gardens, S.W.
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss] and the lady [Barbara]". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1926/07/28 (July 28th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "I was glad to hear the two prize quartets" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Names as mentioned: "Mr & Mrs [Edgar & Leonora] Speyer".
This letter must be from 1926: in July 1927 Bliss was in Santa Barbara, and by 1928 was at East Heath Lodge
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/02/18 (Feb. 18th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "We have just read your letter form Washington asking me to write an oboe quintet for you..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Oboe quintet".
Names as mentioned: "Leon Goossens - my little Barbara - Trudy".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague. 1927/03/23 (March 23, 1927) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I was very delighted at your acceptance of my commission [for the oboe quintet]...". Address to: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Names as mentioned: "[Ottorino] Respighi - [Alfredo] Casella - [Gabriel] Pierne - Schonberg [Arnold Schoenberg] - [Gian Francesco] Malipiero - Mr. [Leon] Goossens - Hans Kindler - Venetian Quartet - Gertrude [Trudy Bliss] - the bab [Barbara Bliss]".
Places as mentioned: "Venice - Berlin - Senlis, France - LaJolla".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/04/11 (April 11th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "[Oboe] quintet".
Names as mentioned: "Mr [Leon] Goossens - Mr [Hans] Kindler".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/07/31 (July 31st) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Santa Barbara.
Bliss music as mentioned: "your work for oboe and string quartet [Oboe quintet] has been finished".
Names as mentioned: "Mr [Hans] Kindler". Places as mentioned: "3, Redcliffe Square, London - Mohonk".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/08/31 (August 31st) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "I can rehearse the 5tet [Oboe quintet] on the tenth".
Places as mentioned: "Venice".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur [&] Trudy. 1927/09/[ ] (Sept. 1927) Photocopy A.S. card to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "with all our united love". Address from: Hotel Bristol, Wien.
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/09/20 (Sept. 20th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "It was so kind of you to send a joint call on my birthday..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "I am sending you the first printed copy of your quintet [Oboe quintet]".
Places as mentioned: "England".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/10/03 (Monday) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "... I feel that I go back to my studio with renewed courage and with twice the determination to continue writing" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: Amstel Hotel, Amsterdam.
Places as mentioned: "Venice". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/10/04 (Oct. 4th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "Thank you so much for your generous offer to give us the concert in London" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Names as mentioned: "Mr [Warwick] Evans - Leon Goossens - Pro Arte 4tet [Quartet]". Institutions as mentioned: "International Society for Contemporary Music. London Group". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/10/14 (Oct. 14th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Yesterday I sent you c/o Madame Fleury the bound [autograph] score of your quintet [Oboe quintet]".
Names as mentioned: "Madame Fleury - Pro Arte 4tet". Institutions as mentioned: "American Womens Club".  Places as mentioned: "U.S.A."
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/11/07 (Nov.7th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "I want to write to you, and tell you what a great success your concert was last night..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Names as mentioned: "Pro Arte 4tet [Quartet]". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1927/11/25 (Nov. 25th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") : "I send to you the notices of your concert in London..." / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Bliss music as mentioned: "your quintet [Oboe quintet]".
Places as mentioned: "London".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague. 1928/05/19 (May 19th, 1928) Photocopy T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "I am taking the liberty of sending you a signed program of the recent Festival of music which I arranged and took place in California". Address from: 34 Coolidge Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Address to: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.
Places as mentioned: "California - Washington". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1928/06/06 (June 6th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Mrs Coolidge") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: 3, Redcliffe Square, London.

Bliss music as mentioned: "I have just finished a Serenade in four movements for baritone voice and small orchestra...".
Names as mentioned: "Mrs [Gertrude] Hoffmann - Laurence Strauss - Trudy [Bliss]". Places as mentioned: "Mills College - London - England".
[Other sources state that the Serenade was written in 1929, but the Bliss's moved to East Heath Lodge in August 1928, so this letter must be from 1928]

Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1928/08/29 (Aug. 29th) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "Just a line, which Howard carries with him, to send love and a welcome to Mohonk... I enclose a first copy of my quintet, a programme of the Proms in which I conduct in October..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, 1 East Heath Road, N.W.3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "my [Oboe] quintet".
Names as mentioned: "Howard [Bliss] - Enid [Bliss]". Places as mentioned: "Mohonk".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1928/10/18 (Oct. 18th) A.L.S. to Francis E. Bliss ("father") : "I know perfectly well that it is fatiguing for you to type a long letter, and therefore do not worry if time elapses between them. Address from: East Heath Lodge, 1 East Heath Road, N.W.3.
Bliss music as mentioned: "my Oboe quintet - Colour Symphony".
Names as mentioned: "Ernest Newman - Barbara [Bliss]- Enid [Bliss] - Ethel [Bliss]".   Places as mentioned: "Gloucester".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Elgar, Edward. 1928/11/08 (Nov 8th 1928) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur Bliss") : "Your letter gave me great pleasure ... I do not refer to the concert now but to what you say about our friendship" / signed "Edward Elgar". Address from: Tiddington House, nr. Stratford-upon-Avon.
Address to: East Heath Lodge, 1 East Heath Road, London NW3.
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague. 1928/11/15 (November 15, 1928) T.L. carbon copy to Arthur Bliss ("Arthur") : "It was a great pleasure to receive your Oboe Quintet so finely printed and published...". Address from: 4 Brattle Street, Room 206, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Address to: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Trudy - mother-in-law [Mrs Hoffman]". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. [1928-1939]/11/17 (Nov 17th) A.L.S. to Baron Guido Fuchs ("Sir") : "Please forgive me for not having answered your letter long ago. I shall be honoured to lend my name to your list of patrons" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, 1 East Heath Road, Hampstead NW3.
Address to: 26 Percival Road, S.W.14.
Provenance: Bought from Lisa Cox 1985.20.03.
Elgar, Edward. 1929/02/01 (1st Feb 1929) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "I accept, with grateful feelings the honour of the dedication of your new choral work" / signed "Edward Elgar". Address from: Tiddington House, Stratford-upon-Avon.
Bliss music as mentioned: "your new choral work [Pastoral 'Lie strewn the white flocks']". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Elgar, Edward. 1929/05/09 (9th May 1929) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "Under conditions far from good I listened to the performance of the Pastoral you so kindly dedicated to me" / signed "Edward Elgar". Address from: Lord Chamberlain's Office, St James Palace SW1.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Pastoral ['Lie strewn the white flocks']".
Institutions as mentioned: "B.B.C.".
Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Elgar, Edward. 1929/06/24 (24th June 1929) A.L.S. to Arthur Bliss ("Bliss") : "Very many thanks for the 'Pastoral'... I wish I could be at the performance" / signed "Edward Elgar". Address from: Tiddington House nr. Stratford-upon-Avon.
Bliss music as mentioned: "Pastoral ['Lie strewn the white flocks']". Provenance: Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1929/06/30 (June 30th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I am arriving in New York August 5th or possibly 4th ... I shall be staying at the Lamelton Hotel frequented by Howard" / signed "Arthur". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Names as mentioned: "Christine [Nisbet] - Howard [Bliss] - Madame & infant [Trudy and Barbara Bliss]".  Places as mentioned: "New York - Lamelton Hotel". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1929/08/[ ] A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "I cannot leave father until the 5th of Sept..." / signed "A.B.". Address from: Lake Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Lake, N.Y.
Names as mentioned: "Kathleen - Frederick Keppel - father [Francis E. Bliss]".  Places as mentioned: "New York". Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1929/08/20 (Aug 20th) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "My father wishes to sell his collection of Leger etchings..." / signed "A.B.". Address from: Lake Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Lake, N.Y.
Address to: 114, East 56th St. New York City.
Names as mentioned: "father [Francis E. Bliss] - Frederick Keppel - Howard [Bliss] - [Fernand] Legers etchings - Rosenbach (collector of books and manuscripts. Employer of Ulric Nisbet)". 
Places as mentioned: "I shall be at the Shelton [Hotel] - Santa Barbara - Colnaghi, Bond Street".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. [1929]/08/22 (Aug. 22nd) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Henry Eichheim ("Henry") : "A miracle has occured... I long to hear the new work... I have finished many[?] new works and am starting on a fresh one of gargantuan size. I have determined it shall never be performed..." / signed "Arthur". Address from: Lake Mohonk Mountain House, Mohonk Lake, N.Y.

Bliss music as mentioned: "fresh one of gargantuan size" [Morning heroes?]
Other music as mentioned: "new work [?Java / by Henry Eichheim]".
Names as mentioned: "Ethel [Eichheim]".
Places as mentioned: "London - Paris"

Provenance: Santa Barbara Museum of Art (1976) via Lady Bliss 1992/06/04.
Bliss, Arthur. 1929/09/14 (Sept. 14th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Elizabeth") : "Welcome to England! It is grand having you here" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Bliss music as mentioned: "my [Oboe] quintet at Cambridge sounds a lovely occasion".
Places as mentioned: "England - Cambridge".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. 1929/09/17 (Sept. 17th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Elizabeth") / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Bliss music as mentioned: "The movements of the [Oboe] quintet are... - my orchestral work [Colour symphony or Melee fantasque]".
Places as mentioned: "Queen's Hall".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1980s.
Bliss, Arthur. 1929/10/16 (Oct 16th.) A.L.S. to Ulric Nisbet ("Wigs") : "Thank you for your letter about the [Fernand] Leger Collection ... I work at my war canvas [Morning heroes?]- but feeling as I am at present stricken by a prevailing mistral ... Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Address to: 114 East 56th Street, New York City.
Names as mentioned: "Miss Farqe - Christine [Nisbet]". 
Institutions as mentioned: "Colnaghi". 
Places as mentioned: "California".
Provenance: Ulric Nisbet via Lady Bliss 1985/05/03.
Bliss, Arthur. 1929/10/24 (Oct. 24th) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Elizabeth") : "We have not yet received any information about your Paris concerts" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Places as mentioned: "Paris - Thomas Cook & Sons, Place de la Madelaine". Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.
Bliss, Arthur. 1929/10/31 (Thursday) Photocopy of A.L.S. to Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge ("Elizabeth") : "I write to tell you how grievously disappointed I am not to be with you today" / signed "Arthur Bliss". Address from: East Heath Lodge, Hampstead.
Bliss music as mentioned: "stage a performance of my work [Oboe quintet]".
Names as mentioned: "Trudy [Bliss]".  Places as mentioned: "Cambridge - Paris".
Provenance: Library of Congress 1987/08/10.