Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

Letter No.: 

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dearest Grace
You are a dear to let me have my song back - I must hear the opera [?] one day soon - after the holidays, I suppose, go and have your holiday dear Grace & plenty to eat & come back ready to tackle all the Headmistresses in the world. I'm so sorry about Dan1 - but try again - Meanwhile certainly turn out all the funeral odes you are asked to - think of Lycidas & Thyrsis & Verdi's Requiem!
I heard from Betty2 the same day that your letter came - she is having her Suite3 done at the B.B.C. on March 21st & the symphony4 "tried through" on March 30th
God bless you Grace
& come & see me soon
Uncle Ralph

1. Presumably Dan Godfrey, the conductor.
2. Elizabeth Maconchy
3. Suite The Land.
4. Symphony no.1, later withdrawn.

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