Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adine O'Neill

Letter No.: 
VWL1580
Sept 12 [1941?]

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

Dear Mrs O’Neill1

We are the gainers - it must be terrible to uproot old associations - But for us it will be delightful to have you for a neighbour - though, alas, not so very near in these days of difficult transport.
Do let us know if you are ever in Dorking.
Please use my name as a referee.
Yrs ever

R. Vaughan Williams


1. A concert pianist and widow of Norman O'Neill, the composer (d.1934). She had studied with Clara Schumann and had joined St Paul's Girls' School as its first Music Mistress. She was instrumental in the appointment of Gustav Holst as singing teacher there and remained a friend all his life. VW would have met her through Holst. She had moved to Ockley, near Dorking.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/13, f. 96
Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
410912