Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

Letter No.: 
Dec 31 [1940]

My Dear

As regards stockings - failing silk I advise the ribbed kind - I noticed a young woman sitting down the other day and the ribbed effect very pleasantly accentuated the curve of the knee - But of course a transparent silk if you can be sure of no wrinkles is the thing.
I am so sorry about your cold - I know how miserable it makes me - also about your uncertain plans - on the other hand the BBC is good - I believe I have read Tam Lyn1 - but I will read it again - I’ve got so many books of yours here - I must return them.
This is a short letter - but I thought it important to discuss the stocking problem at once.
All my love for the New Year

P.S. I don’t know about ribbed stockings, to the touch - I’ve never had an opportunity of testing

1. Scottish Ballad, (also Tam Lin), no. 39 in a published anthology 'The English and Scottish Popular Ballads'  by Francis James Child.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/13, f. 37
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