Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Joy Finzi

Letter No.: 
[8th May 1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Joyce

Lovely of you to send the cowslips.  I’ve heard of them but not a sight of them till now.  What a perfect smell they have & how tall your down cowslips1 are.  I’ve so enjoyed putting them in water & looking at them. Bob2 brings home nothing but fossils!  also just now he comes on Sunday so stiff from Jiu Jitsu that he can scarce move! I’ve been wanting to write - & such a small thing kept me back - viz it seemed dreary to write to London & you not there.  Now I can send direct. I wanted to tell you both how fine the 2 trees are - lovely in their spring crimson & green leaves. I see them from the sitting room window.3 
We all send love & what I like to hear is of your being well.  It is just the time for Gerald to work for later he’ll want to look at the baby such a lot.4 The Ormonds have a son.


What an adventure for Margaret

1. The Finzis' house was at Aldbourne near the Downs.
2. Robert de Ropp, a cousin of Adeline, who was staying with the VWs. See VWL914.
3. The Finzis gave the VWs two little maple trees as a present in gratitude for their having been witnesses to their marriage.
4. The Finzis were expecting a child; Christopher was born in July 1934.

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Finzi Box 10
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Addressed to Mrs Gerald Finzi, Beech Knoll, Aldbourne, Wilts.
Date from postmark.

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