Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Ralph Vaughan Williams

Letter No.: 
VWL1095
Monday [4th September 1933]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear one

Your bufe sled1 - So grateful for it -
Don't be anx - I so trust the sheps will shine out as it ought to do2 -
All goes well - our valiant Rose is here so you can see how we are being helped.
Pegs & her bloke came at 6 & were very merry & delightful she with cider3- he with whiskey  - I am sending ye olde black socks wh you may find more comforting than the new brown -
Love to Diana4  -
AVW

Spring Rice knows Mr Bulmer. They meet at Kings - He had been to Moya’s “Salon” in Dublin - “widow” he called her!  She is a “great lady” - her lion was Bertrand Russell - I said “that old dish”  I enlightened him about Crompton.


1. i.e. beautiful letter.
2. There was to be a performance of The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains, Catalogue of Works 1922/6. See R.V.W.: a biography, pp195-6.
3. Pegs (Margaret) Ritchie, the VWs’ doctor at Dorking. See R.V.W.: a biography, p.138 and, especially, 173. Edward Spring Rice was her fiancé.
4. Diana Awdry - see VWL1130.
5. Crompton Llewellyn Davies, whose wife, Moya, is referred to. See VWL493 and VWL565.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/8, ff.138-139
General notes: 

Date from postmark. Addressed to VW c/o Mrs Bulmer, Adam’s Hill, Breinton, Hereford. VW was staying there for the Three Choirs Festival.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
330904