Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Marion Scott

Letter No.: 
VWL3246
Friday September 10 [1926]

13 Cheyne Walk

Dear Miss Scott
I do hope that the arduous days are nearly over - I am so sorry about your father - I got your letter last night & this afternoon Ralph & I went off to Dartford - for we thought we would like to relieve yr mind in that direction.1
We were admitted tho' it wasn't visiting day & we had some time with Ivor - physically he is much as he was in June - very truly [fairly?] satisfactory - mentally he was not so well - his talk was more chaotic (drumtaps - Shakespeare & funny & places much as before but more unreal) mixed up with his own sufferings. But still he always answered questions rationally - he knew of yr father's illness - and said he meant to write to you but writing a letter took him 4 hours.
He seemed pleased with the tobacco Ralph brought & we also brought fruit - the attendant said he was eating well & that he didn't notice any difference in him.
I felt more strongly than before that he ought to be in other surroundings.
He brought in armfuls of books and his new songs - now published - I wish we could have seen the doctor but we failed to do that.
Before we left he asked for 2 books wh we shall send him - I was so glad - Meistersingers & Saintsbury's English literature.
This is a quick line - just to give you news - I am so pleased that you wrote
Send us a postcard some time to say how your father is
Yours very sincerely
Adeline Vaughan Williams


1.  Ivor Gurney, the composer, was in a psychiatric hospital in Dartford.

Subjects:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
G61(290-291)

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/25, ff.122-124
General notes: 

September 10 was a Friday in 1926, the only possible date when Gurney was in Dartford and the VWs were at this address.

Format: 
Letter