Letter from Ursula Vaughan Williams to Michael Kennedy

Letter No.: 
VWL3543
Wednesday [28 August 1957]

MRS. R. VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
10 HANOVER TERRACE
LONDON, N.W.1.

How splendid that both our invalids are on the up & up!1  I expect Eslyn has been a great restorative to her mother – I wish you could see R. working in his big chair, with a tip-up table, surrounded by roses from his girls, & pretty nurses dashing in & out with pills, or any other excuse, to enquire after his ‘inspiration’ - much deflated when R says its ‘only copying’.
I’ve just come in with a cargo of cochineal & china dishes. – ie Wedgwood plates, for his final choice of a dinner service to be a present from the firm.2 We agree on white with a gold feather pattern.
Love from both to both

U.


1. The invalids were VW and Eslyn Kennedy’s mother.
2. ‘Cargo of cochineal & china dishes’: a quotation from ‘The Andalusian Merchant’, the second part of ‘Thule, the Period of Cosmography’ from Thomas Weelkes’s Madrigals of 6 Parts, 1600. The china was to be an 85th birthday present to the composer from Wedgwoods, the china manufacturers (VW’s mother had been a member of the Wedgwood family). Michael Kennedy thinks that the service they chose was the only one made in that pattern.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 159, f.183
Format: 
Postcard
Original database number: 
570828a