Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to René Gatty

Letter No.: 
31st December [1899]

19 Second Avenue

My dear Herr Gatty,

I have just got your letter forwarded by Ralph to me ...
I have been indoors with short intervals of freedom ever since we came from abroad1 and I have had a succession of bad colds ...
I wonder how you spent Christmas Day. We had an old-fashioned day at Ralph's home - which means all the proper Christmas foods & snapdragon in the evening...
Did I mention our new 4tte abends or rather nachmittags? Ralph plays viola, Herr Nicholas 1st violin or cello as wanted & Mr Von Holst 2nd - we have only met once but I hope it may become an institution. Ivor is coming down again to Westminster from northern regions & will be invaluable & we are so pleased that we are going to have him as a near neighbour.
Ralph has just signed the lease & we are furnishing our house2 as soon as possible - he is writing a new Serenade for orchestra,3  wh is turning out very Dvorak-y...
A very very happy New Year
Yours sincerely


1. Apparently on their return from Prague in November 1899.
2. 10 Barton Street, Westminster where they moved in mid December 1899.
3. See Catalogue of Works, p.7 (1898/1).

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS 135

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/1, ff. 183-184
General notes: 

Sent from Adeline VW's parents' house.
Extract from a letter.

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