Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Miss Piper

Letter No.: 
April 13 [1942]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Miss Piper
I am preparing the lists for firewatchers for the next 2 months.
I hope very much that you and your sister will be willing to continue. It is a patriotic work and in this quiet neighbourhood does not it seems to me to involve very much. You can be sure that in the case of real danger we should all be on the alert. If, as I imagine, you come under the obligatory category it is out of my powers to give you exemption. In this case you must apply direct to Pippbrook1 and I should be glad if you would do so at once so that I can prepare my list. But I much hope that you will not find it necessary.
Yours sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

1. Pippbrook was a house being used as the local Air Raid Protection headquarters. It appears from the following letters that the Misses Piper did in fact continue with their firewtaching duties; VW was in charge of managing the firewatchers in his area during the war.


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