Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

Letter No.: 
[Early July 1940]

My Dear

I am so sorry about your foot. Do take care and don’t move - that is essential with a poisoned foot - they kept me in bed 10 weeks though I was quite well.
Your bit of news was very exciting - but was it wise to write it - I am tearing that bit into small pieces.1
I went and practiced fire fighting the other day - they stage a real fire with lots of smoke & I had to creep along on my stomach with an axe in one hand & the nozzle of the hosepipe in the other!
I heard from Maud2 today & she has had her op. & says she goes on well.


1. Ursula Wood had told VW that she had seen the French destroyers, which had escaped from Oran (Mers-el-Kebir), arriving in the Solent.
2. Maud Karpeles.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/13, f.21
General notes: 

The letter is written on the reverse of a communication to VW from the Society of Authors dated 28th June 1940, hence attributed date.

Cobbe 340
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