Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

Letter No.: 
[late 1939]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

My Dear

Your letter is most exciting1 - & I am sure you wd do it well. One of your jobs could probably be to go & win the hearts of authors & persuade them to write (I knew of a young & lovely lady who was employed by a publisher solely to do that). You’ve already won mine (what there is of it) as you know. Nevertheless I think you must get someone else to write about music - I’ve already said all I have to say about that.
You’ve been having a riotous time! My dear it will be fun if you spend mid-weeks at the flat. I’ve got another “device on my brain” (as Evans says - or is it Fluellen2) - Have you ever considered the Hogarth Press for your poems? I do not know Leonard Woolf personally but Virginia W. is a cousin-in-law though I’ve not met her for years but on the strength of that I might write.3 Though with Nevinson4 & Rhys5 to back you, you wd scarcely need any one else.
My dear there is no subtlety about my signature


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1.  UW had been discussing a publishing job, but it did not materialise.
2.  A quote from Evans in  Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor.
3. It appears that VW did write to Virginia Woolf - see VWL1373.
4.  Henry W. Nevinson, war correspondent and writer, and husband of Evelyn Sharp, the librettist of The Poisoned Kiss. A friend of Maud Karpeles.
5.  Ernest Rhys, founding editor of Everyman's Library series of affordable classics.


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MS Mus. 1714/1/12, ff.48-49
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