Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Mary and Victor Sheppard

Letter No.: 
VWL4346
November 26th [1952]

The White Gates
Dorking

Dear Mary & Victor,
I am so sorry that I have to make up for a lot of time lost in Manchester, also several artists engagements, so I cannot suggest a day just yet - but we must see what we can do when Victor comes back onto the map.
I heard of your visit to the Hornsteins and I am so glad you enjoyed it. I am very fond of them both.
Love to you both from Uncle Ralph1

P.S. Your letter came on to Manchester. We have only just got back - hence delay in answering - I do hope your 'fate' has been pleasantly decided, & if its foreign parts it will be only the garden of the Hesperides of the Fortunate Isles2
Love Ursula


1. This line in the hand of VW; the remainder in the hand of UVW.
2. Mary Sheppard's husband Victor appears to have had various foreign postings, and they were in Cape Town for much of the 1950s.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1737, f.59
Format: 
Letter