Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ralph Wedgwood

Letter No.: 
[20th March 1909]

Gloucester Hotel

Dear Randolph

It was so nice to get your letter - especially the last part - but we needn't fear that we are forgetting each other because we don't see each other - luckily it doesn't depend on that - Now I'm blest if I haven't left the press notice of my fen piece in London which I meant to have sent to you - by the way I don't think I ever told you that it was dedicated to you - to tell you the truth I had forgotten about it - but your initials are on the top of the score.1  I've been fearfully busy of late with some beastly lectures2 - and longing to get the Wasps3 ready - & Adeline was very ill with influenza - & was in bed nearly 3 weeks - She is nearly well now and we are here for a few days to blow away the remains.4
It would be lovely to come to you some time in April - if you really think you want us. I want to see the de Wendt5 - but shan't promise to like it. 
This is a nice little town just a semicircle and the sea - but then there is Chesil beach & Portland Bill - and we were greeted on our arrival by a whole line of battleships.
Give my love to Iris - what splendid news of coming events
Goodbye yrs affectionately

R. Vaughan Williams

 1. The symphonic sketch In the Fen Country, Catalogue of Works 1904/4.  Its first performance had been given in the Queen’s Hall on 22nd February by the Beecham orchestra under Sir Thomas Beecham.
2. These are not mentioned in R.V.W.: a biography or Kennedy, Works of Vaughan Williams.
3. Catalogue of Works, 1909/2
4. See R.V.W.: a biography, p.85. It was thought that this illness was the source of AVW’s continuing ill health for the rest of her life.
 5. Unidentified.


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MS Mus. 1714/1/3, ff.32-33
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