Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to René Gatty

Letter No.: 
Tuesday [early summer 1898?]

My dear Herr Gatty
We arrived home this morning & have just got yr letter with the 3 enclosures. I like the Beethoven one the best on first reading: They shall all go out in the world tomorrow!1 This must be a very short note for it is late & my hand rocks still from the sea - How I wish we could have been in Berlin - when the bolt fell - but harden yr heart & stay where you are - unless a definite bit of work is offered you in England - in that case I sd think myself you wd be bound to take it - if you were still without work in Berlin.
But if you come to England, do come to us - besides & beyond the pleasure to us you wd be more in the way of hearing of something to do than if you were at home. Come at any day & at any moment.
Yr M.S. from the countries is here - I have just thought that its the very thing for "The Girls'  Own Paper"! Will you be very offended I wonder if I send it there - it will go off tomorrow so you see its too late to protest! Send us the Fairy Tale soon.
Ralph sends his love & will write very soon - what a wealth of stamps you have sent! We make a very meagre return of odd German ones wh we couldn't use! We had one lovely day - a Saturday - on the dunes near Haarlem, after hearing the great organ of course.
I was delighted to see so many head dresses like Mina's, only as a rule the dutch Frau when she walks abroad likes to perch the newest fashion in bonnets on the top! We tried to buy a head dress in Haarlem but a [small?] one costs £20! We also saw all the Amsterdam pictures & those at the Hague & at Haarlem. Write soon again - We sent to beg a visit from Nicholas but he hasn't come
Yrs sincerely

1. AVW was trying to get Gatty's poetry published.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS 135

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/1, ff. 185-186