Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ruth Watson

Letter No.: 
VWL4116
7th February, 1951.

The White Gates,
Dorking, Surrey.

My Dear "Faithful"1

My Opera really dates right back all those years to that performance of "Pilgrim's Progress" for which I wrote some music, in fact some of the music still subsists in the Opera. I do hope you will be able to come and see it.
I have a vivid recollection of coming along a passage at Reigate Priory and turningĀ a corner and seeing the apparition of two kinghts in armour suddenly appear!
I wonder what has happened to your sister, "Hopeful"?2
Yrs sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

(R. Vaughan Williams).

Mrs. Watson,
Littlehay,
Birley,
near Ringwood, Hants


1. Ruth Charrington as a teenager had played the part of "Faithful" in the performance of Pilgrim's Progress at Reigate in 1906.
2. Rachel Charrington had played the part of "Hopeful" in the same event.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
Add. MS 70935, f.65
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Typewritten, signed.

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Letter