Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

Letter No.: 
VWL3831
[1930]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Grace
Your wonderful letter has just arrived as I start for the R.C.M.1 but I must write a word.
First business
You may receive a visit from a friend of Mrs Trevelyan.2
You may receive a visit from a friend of Miss Vera Morse who is in her turn a friend of Miss Lucy Fletcher
You may receive a visit from Dr Theo. Liebhammer3 who is a friend of my sister-in-law Mrs H. Vaughan Williams4

What a lot of friends you seem to have made already. About teachers - its no good keeping you off atonality - so if you feel that way go in for it - But I want you to go to a pedant & a martinet who will keep your nose to the grindstone - I don't mean, dear Grace, that you won't work - you always do that - but who will make you work his way for a bit & not your own - which I never cd do.
Don't fall in love with that Turk - he probably has 3 wives at home. I shall think of last Wed: & we will celebrate your return in the same way, shall we?5
Yrs
Uncle Ralph


1. Royal College of Music
2. Elizabeth Trevelyan
3. Theo Liebhammer, singer, and professor at the Royal Academy of Music.
4. Constance, wife of Hervey Vaughan Williams.
5. See VWL3825.

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