Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Elizabeth Maconchy

Letter No.: 
Jan 13 [1947]

The White Gates,

Dearest Betty

(a) I am so glad about the 4tet – I will certainly listen if the interfering gentleman from Latvia will allow it.
(b) I am very glad about the baby – there ought to be one for each 4tet –  then “the works of nature would keep pace with the works of art”.1
my love to Billy 
Much love to you

Uncle Ralph

1.  Maconchy's String Quartet no.4 was to be performed at a BBC Chamber Concert on 20 January 1947 (and broadcast on the Third Programme, with its heavy interference from Radio Latvia).  Maconchy had also announced that a second child was on the way - Nicola Lefanu was to be born in April 1947.


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Cobbe 469
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