Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Ralph Wedgwood

Letter No.: 
VWL107
December 27th [1901]

Leith Hill Place
Nr Dorking

Dear Randolph

I wanted news of you very much - & this news about your promotion is delightful.  But however many miles of line & however many furnaces are entrusted to you I should always think you right to have more -  will you live in Middlesborough & shall we come & see you when you are Mayor1.  I am afraid that Middlesborough is some way further on than York but I shall find this out when I get back to London tomorrow.  Ralph has given me a school atlas as an Xmas present! My want of geography was bringing disgrace upon us both.
Ralph's Xmas has been tempered by sciatica - otherwise he is well.  He sold 2 songs the other day for £2.12.6!2  the first money he has earned in that way.  Two more are coming out shortly.
We think of going to Cambridge for a short visit next term.  My elder sister3 is spending the winter with us - We have been anxious about her for she has been more or less ill since March.  The two brothers are just a little better.  They have changed to new places - & that has done good.  Arthur is at Chiswick - Hervey near Beckenham.
Ralph sends his love - I don't think he is irreparably shocked at yr having liked the Messiah.
I hope your luck will go on well & that your mother is not getting too overtired.  If you are with her may I send her my love.
Always your affectionate

Adeline Vaughan Williams


1 Ralph Wedgwood had been promoted to the post of  District Superintendent at Middlesbrough, having been [Goods Manager] at West Hartlepool Docks.
2 The two songs sold were probably Linden Lea and Blackmore by the Stour, both of which appeared in The Vocalist in May 1902. The following two would have been Whither must I wander, which appeared in The Vocalist in June 1902, and Boy Johnny, which appeared in The Vocalist in September 1902. See also letter VWL106.
3. Florence Darwin (formerly Maitland)

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/3, ff.61-62
Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
011227