April 5th 1944
Not to be outdone, it is 4 o clock in the morning, moonlight, consequently bombless, and of course quiet and I too feel like talking to you. I have been sound asleep and for no reason at all I wake up at this hour, not because I'm off colour, on the contrary I feel so well and my mind is so clear I felt is only sensible to get up and write (even if it is in pencil). Frankly I'm hungry too but I can't do much about that.
Maybe I'm happy because of two letters and a parcel. I don't know. Anyway I'm answering your last letter first because it was written from 12 to 2 and this seems only fitting.
I am looking forward now to your quartet. Good work, Harry. It will be a pleasure to hear both the music and the results of this, another rung. You will probably win the prize, hands down. I can sense it. May I have your permission to show it to Boosey and Hawkes here, who are always forwarding new music at the Wigmore Hall? I would like to show it to Benjamin Britten. The only reason I ask is that I would not want to complicate performing and publishing matters which might be involved when you win the prize. (God, how I inflate you!) Actually, I'm quite serious and do not mean to flatter. I'm just sure of you, that's all. So let me know.
It is good that you are now studying and being with such men as you are, Godden, Schmitz and soon Milhaud and all the others. They can help you "become" more than anyone else just now.
Aldwinckle, Eric, Letter, 5 April 1944
April 5th 1944