Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Robert Longman

Letter No.: 
Sunday [2 June 1940]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Bobby

I want to say so much and cannot.1
Only my love - and I do thank her for her beautiful life and for your beautiful life together.
It has been happy I know and has made others so happy.
Perhaps there will be no more happiness or peace for any of us now and we must be thankful for what has been.
God bless you


1. Bobby Longman had telephoned the previous day to say that his wife Dorothy had died.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/13, f. 117
General notes: 

Wartime paper. May was the only month in 1940 in which the 31st was a Friday, and it is apparent that this letter was written within a week of that day.

Cobbe 338
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