Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Myfanwy Jones

Letter No.: 
Nov 30th [1941]

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

My dear Myfanwy1

What splendid news. And how romantic to be engaged by cable. I wish you could also be married by cable - This long dreary waiting will be terrible for you both. But directly he comes home don’t wait a moment.
Middle age creeps on even when you are as young as you are & passion declines - so take your love at its height and damn the consequences. Your Charles will be a lucky man to have such a sweet and pretty wife. But I expect you are lucky too because from what I know of your character you could not love anyone who was not first rate.
How abominably Steuart2 has been treated. I fear he must be having a bad time - & must long to be back home - But he and Mary have great courage & I know he will pull through.
All my love
Uncle Ralph

1. Jones was the recipient's married name. See VWL1528. This letter is printed in part in R.V.W.: a biography, p.244.
2. Steuart Wilson. VW is referring to his dismissal  from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. For an account of the episode see VWL1529 footnote 3.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/13, ff.142-145
Cobbe 370; R.V.W.: a biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams, p.244.
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