Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

Letter No.: 
[August 1940]

My Dear

I thought a lot about you when I read the news yesterday & I shd like a reassuring postcard.
I like the new poem - Does the “chalk cuts white” mean the long line of chalk you saw from this house[?]
Here is Nevinson’s  poem.
Love from


1. UVW describes (R.V.W.: a biography, p.234) a long trench cut along the southern slope of Ranmore visible to the north of The White Gates and the horrifying feeling that the VWs would be on the enemy side of this trench, should it ever be needed as a last defence.
2. Henry Nevinson, war correspondent and close friend of UVW. See R.V.W.: a biography, p.209.


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/13, f. 25
General notes: 

Written on the reverse of a letter from Dorking Urban District Council dated 7th August 1940, thanking VW for lending land for allotments.

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