Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Joy Finzi

Letter No.: 
Sunday [3rd November 1940]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Joyce

How good you were to act so kindly and so quickly - Bob’s letter seemed so troubled & panicky about the precious James that I felt quick action was necessary. But I got Eileen on the phone last night and she gave me a far calmer view of the situation. She is entirely for staying on where they are until she & James can leave for America. She seems to think that it is quite easy to go there & to go soon. I should imagine it is not so simple - & what is worse it is increasingly dangerous. But there it is and they must decide for themselves.1
I feel very sorry that I troubled you without making sure - but I thought that I was making sure of Bob’s urgent wish to get James into quieter quarters at once. I know you’ll forgive me - but I am very sorry. Thank you for your letter about our loss. I cannot think of our dear Hon without anguish.2 
Love from us

1. Eileen was the wife of Robert de Ropp, Adeline's cousin whom they had looked after for some years. James was their young son. Presumably Bob was anxious for their safety after bombing in London.
2. Honorine Williamson had been killed in a London air raid on the night of 1st/2nd September 1940.


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