Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Letter No.: 
July 23 [1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Bessy

Thank you so much for writing - I am sitting up for the 1st time. I feel ridiculously well - only I mayn’t put my stupid foot to the ground till it is quite healed1 - I’m not learning any new instrument2 but luckily a lot of proofs have come in to keep me busy - also I’ve completed “plucking the partridge”.


P.S. A fine puff of Ursula & Julian in the ‘Evening Standard’ yesterday!3

1. VW had a septic ankle, and spent eight weeks in bed in summer 1934.
2. He had thought of learning the clarinet while laid up with a broken ankle the previous year, and Elizabeth Darbishire came to teach him - but this time, presumably, it had been realised that the enterprise was unlikely to prosper.
3. Refers to the marriage VW’s cousin Ursula Darwin to Julian Trevelyan, announced in the newspaper in July 1934.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
RCT 16.208

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/8, f.176
Cobbe 233
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