Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to René Gatty

Letter No.: 
9th April 1898

Leith Hill Place
Nr Dorking

Lieber Herr Gattoy

Da Ich jetzt in England bin, desto (?) schreibe ich viel sicherer in Deutsche Sprache. Hoffentlich habst du dein zwei pfund Englisch heute bekommen welche besser als zehn Tausend telegraphien unseren glücklichen Fahrt schon zu ende gekommen haben gezeichnet hat.
Morgen mussen sie ohne zweifel zu den “Matthäus Passion” in der Sing Akademie gehen
dein dich liebenden

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Meine Frau lässt sich herzlich grüssen und werde noch eine andere docht1 ganz bald hinschicken, weil die deine wird sofort zum schluss kommen.


Dear Mr Gatty,

Now that I am at last back in England, I feel all the happier writing in German. I hope you received your two English pounds today which will have let you know better than ten thousand telegrams could that we have successfully come to the end of our journey. Tomorrow you must certainly go to the Matthew Passion in the Sing Akademie.
Yours fondly,


My wife sends her best regards and will send you another wick1 very soon, since yours will soon come to an end.

1. The Vaughan Williams's had apparently given Gatty a spirit lamp that presumably required a special wick only obtainable in England. In a letter of 13th August Adeline VW refers to sending Gatty some wicks ('if they are too thick take out some of the stuffing'). Perhaps the lamp is part of the tea basket referred to in VWL288.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS 135

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/1, ff.141-142
General notes: 

 Date given is that of receipt in Berlin. No attempt has been made to correct VW's erratic German.

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