Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harriet Cohen

Letter No.: 
Tuesday [4 September 1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dearest Harriet

How dear of you to send me those lovely flowers & that message.  I wonder what the young man at Jays thought when he copied it out - I expect there will be a scandal in the village! 
I was so glad to hear from you - I thought perhaps you’d forgotten all about me.  I am nearly well - but not allowed to move yet.1
I expect you are at Gloucester listening to Arnold’s music - I wish I were.2
But I address this to London
Love from


1. VW had cut his foot in July and an abscess had developed which kept him in bed for eight weeks - see R.V.W.: a biography, p.201.
2. Arnold Bax’s Summer Music and St Patrick’s Breastplate were both given at the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival in 1934. See Anthony Boden, Three Choirs: a history of the festival, (Stroud 1992) p.182.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1642, ff. 65-67
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 Date from postmark (5 Sep 34), a Wednesday.

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