Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

Letter No.: 
Sat [28th May 1938]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Ursula

I have got seats for Ballet Joos1, Old Vic, Wednesday, June 8th. I do hope that is all right for you. Tell me where I shall find you - I finish teaching about 5.0. I shall have to be in my day clothes so will you be the same? I hope you won’t mind.
I believe I like you best as I first saw you in your short day frock rather than in full evening - but perhaps that would dazzle me even more?
“Ah! When will this long weary day have end”2


1. The ballet company 'Ballets Jooss', founded by Kurt Jooss.
2.  Edmund Spenser, Epithalamion, stanza 15, used for the baritone song in the masque The Bridal Day. See Catalogue of Works, p.174 (1938/6).

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/11, f.11
General notes: 

Date added in pencil in the hand of UVW.

Original database number: