Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ralph Wedgwood

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13 Cheyne Walk

My dear Randolph

How disgraceful of me not to have written to you before & thank you for the cheese - which is truly wonderful with its carraway seeds.
Curlew and Boo1 are actually furnishing the flat - so things have progressed a little - but we move slowly in these days!
When do you move to the realms of fashion or have you got the car yet - I don't know when we are to meet again - our recent meetings have been rather sicklied over with the pale cast  of Curle - but even so they were very jolly.2
Give my love to Iris also to the children - if they know who I am.


1. Adeline VW's brother-in-law and sister, Richard and Cordelia Curle. AVW's brother-in-law, Richard Curle, was not popular in the family as is evident from VW's remark below.
2. An allusion to Hamlet [III.1.85] "Sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought".

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/3, ff.37-38
General notes: 

Date is difficult to fix; 1913 is guess-work; Randolph's children were born in 1907 and 1910 so 1913 might make them old enough to have a hope of knowing who VW was, and the Curles had married in 1912.

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