Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Hubert Foss

Letter No.: 
March 17 [1952]

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

Dear Hubert

I am ashamed not to have answered your delightful letter before - I have been having a slight dose of ’flu myself - & on the top of that St John & St Matthew Passions.
I was so sorry to hear of your illness & much relieved by a card from Martin1 that you were improving - Ursula & I went to see a television show the other day - in the studio - very interesting - but how a whole masque is to get into a frame about 12 inches square passes my comprehension.2
I was much worried that I cd not go to St Martin’s next Sunday  - but now that you cannot be there I do not mind so much.3 That was an interesting letter from the Dean - but I feel rather ashamed of being dubbed as ‘religious’ - it makes me feel a fearful humbug.
When I am next in London I shall find out if you are able and willing to let me come and see you.


1. James Mackay Martin, who had been in touch with VW regularly about Foss’s illness.
2. VW and Ursula Wood’s masque The Bridal Day, Catalogue of Works 1938/6 was to be performed on television on 5th June as part of the coronation celebrations.
3. It is not clear for what event.

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MS Mus. 1714/2/2/2, ff. 3-5
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