Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Imogen and Isobel Holst

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[25 May l934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Isobel & Imogen

My very dearest love to you both.  I know you don’t want me to say more & I know that you know that he has it & you have it.
My only thought is now which ever way I turn what are we to do without him - every thing seems to have turned back to him - what would Gustav think or advise or do. 
But I do believe as you told me that he did not want to go on in this life unless it could be a full one - and perhaps it is a fuller & better one for him now - so it is purely selfish of me perhaps to want it different.1
I longed to come straight away & see you when dear Imogen telephoned me this morning - & you know you have only got to say “come” & I will come at once.2

1. Holst had died following the operation for the removal of a duodenal ulcer; it was likely that Holst would have remained an invalid had he survived.
2. For Isobel Holst’s reply see VWL1243.


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Cobbe 247
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