Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ernest Newman

Letter No.: 
[9 May 1947]

The White Gates, Dorking

Dear Mr Newman
My wife asks me to report that Mrs Smith came to us last August and left by her own wish at the end of six weeks - I understand from your letter that you are not employing Mr Smith - He is a good chauffeur and mechanic and a useful handyman. The reason they gave for leaving us was that they could not get on with my wife's personal maid who though an excellent servant is I admit rather difficult. Mrs Smith is a good cook & manager & as far as our experience went completely honest - She is intelligent but rather resents any criticism. As to her musical qualifications I can only say that she did once endure 5 minutes of my London Symphony - that this is in her favour or the opposite it is not for me to decide.
Yours sincerely
R Vaughan Williams


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MS Mus. 161, ff.16-17
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