Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maud Karpeles

Letter No.: 
[late July 1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

My Dear Maud

Thank you so much for your letter.
- I am now sitting up for the 1st time for a 4tnight - Its perfectly absurd because I am feeling perfectly well - but I have not been allowed to move for fear of the poison spreading1 - I am so glad the school went off well & I come to Wargrave (wherever that may be) on Sept 16th - I was fearfully shocked to hear of Mr Kettlewells death - I only saw about it casually in the EFDS2 minutes.
Poor Austria - I wonder what is going to happen - This looks like the break up of everything with Mussolini thundering at the door - the funny thing is that it seems to be our pacifist’s party in England who are crying out for us to intervene!3
Running set is to be done at the Proms (if the world is still there) on Sept 27th

1. VW had been confined to bed after an abscess turned septic on his ankle.
2. English Folk Dance Society. Mr Kettlewell was Treasurer of the Society.
3. Englebert Dolfuss, Chancellor of Austria, had been murdered by Austrian Nazis on 25th July and Mussolini had moved some divisions up to the Brenner Pass.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/3/1, ff. 150-152

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/8, ff.119-121
General notes: 

Mostly printed in R.V.W.: a biography,  p.201.

R.V.W.: a biography, p. 201
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