Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

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[June, 1939]

My Dear

As regards Wed., I think I would like to take the White Gates party up to the op:1again on Wed: if they want to - so we had better not make any arrangement (except possibly a last minute one).
We gave up the motor expedition to Wales & I go timidly by train this afternoon.2  I shall probably arrive back at Euston at 5.30 A.M. on Friday! If you have any change of plans let me know (till Thursday evening) at
c/o Dr Hewson3
1 Ashbrook Terrace
Leeson Park

I am writing a tune for the Pipers Guild4 - which shows what a pure state of mind I must be in!
Love from


P.S. There is a dress rehearsal of the opera5 on Friday morning.

1.  Sir John in Love at the Royal College of Music with Denis Dowling in the title role.
2.  VW was going to Dublin to receive an honorary doctorate of music at Trinity College.
3.  George William Percy Hewson, Professor of Music at Trinity College Dublin.
4.  Suite for Pipes, see Catalogue of Works, p.176 (1939/3)
5.  i.e. Sir John in Love.


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MS Mus. 1714/1/12, ff. 17-18
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