Letter from Urusla Vaughan Williams to Michael and Eslyn Kennedy

Letter No.: 
July 27th 1958

From R. Vaughan Williams,
10, Hanover Terrace,
Regents Park,
London, N.W.1.

Dearest Michael & Eslyn,

In case it gets abroad I want to tell you that Ralph is in the Middlesex for a very few days, having had a very minor operation.   The waterworks department again, but it was all decided on Saturday morning, & he was in the hospital by 12, operated on by 2, & hopes to be out on Tuesday for Sir John.1  Its meant his missing the dress rehearsal, which has infuriated him, but its made spending pennies a comfortable occupation for spare moments again, not a full time job!  The surgeon is very pleased with him, the nurses as sweet as ever, & we feel tolerably at home in the hospital – I spend ¾ of the day with him, so its not too bad!  We’ll cancel Kings Lynn, so we’ll have Friday evening with you, which will be lovely.
All love to you both –

Terribly thrilling about the cadillac in which I suppose yr next visit will be made.

1.  VW had had a further operation in connection with his cancerous prostate.

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MS Mus. 159, f.235
Cobbe 751
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