Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maud Karpeles

Letter No.: 
[ca August 1940]

Dear Maud

(war time paper)

Please take care of your health it is every ones duty now
I don't do much – I've made my hay & weeded my garden – both I hope of 'national importance' and I've learnt how to put out a fire with a stirrup pump.
Also I've promised to go collecting for wartime savings!
Do remember that everything of this kind is war work & helps to down Germany - so don't hold out for a more definite war job.
I know Douglas has gone to the I.O.M.1
The enclosed is just out at last - it seems rather a dim memory now.2
love from

1. Douglas Kennedy, who had been director of the English Folk Dance Society, was appointed to te staff of an internment camp on the Isle of Man in 1940.
2. It is not clear to what this refers.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/3/2, f. 65
General notes: 

Date from reference to Kennedy going to Isle of Man (see 'A tribute to Douglas Neil Kennedy', Folk Music Journal, vol. 5, no. 4 (1988), p.535.