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ELGAR, Sir Edward (1857-1934). Composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to Alfred Littleton, 1 page 4to, Hereford, 15 March 1911. Announcing he has accepted the L[ondon] S[ymphony] O[rchestra] offer for six concerts, and adding that he has a bad chill that prevents him going out.
'Excuse scrap of paper: [the second leaf is absent] I have just accepted the L.S.O. offer (terms as you surmised!) so that's settled for six concerts. ... I am overwhelmed with work and have a bad chill & the Doctor won't let me go out! ...'
Elgar's chill worsened so much that he was unable to sail to America on 18 March. He had been scheduled to accompany the Sheffield Choir on the first leg of a world tour, and in the event, sailed a week after the Choir's departure.
 On 1 June 1911 Elgar conducted his Second Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, but the audience was disappointingly small, as were the two London Symphony concerts a week later.
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