Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gustav Holst

Letter No.: 
Sunday [26 June 1898]

Dear V.H.

I suddenly find that I don’t know what address to write to - so I am sending this to Goldhawk and asking them to forward it.1
I hope though that you have been forwarded all right - I wish I was by the sea and bathing today - I had three services today - one a most disgusting function called a flower service at which smirking, smug, self-conscious little girls brought dirty little bunches of flowers and deposited them on dinner trays after which they were arranged neatly around the altar.
Yesterday afternoon we we2 went to Kew by steamer, lay about on the grass and came back by tram and bus (past the classic haunts of Mr Burn, which reminds me that I took my bicycle to him yesterday but he was out - so I left it with a letter).
How’s your suite?3 Shall you be able to teach your landlady to write from dictation or can you sing it into a gramophone? Isn’t Lincolnshire beautiful - you must go to Taylethorpe & Boston & Lincoln if you have time.


1. Holst was presumably on tour with the Carl Rosa Opera Company.
2. sic.
3. Suite in G minor for string orchestra, H41.

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MS Mus. 158, ff. 8-9

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Date from reference to steamer trip to Kew, referred to in VWL297. The letter must also be of much the same period as VWL236, from the references to Lincolnshire in both, and well before VWL232 where the Suite is referred to as in existence.

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