Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Cordelia Curle

Letter No.: 
Monday [26 December 1932]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Belov Boo,

What perfect presents you have given us. We opened them all yesterday - except that the bulb has been a daily joy - shooting ever taller & taller & always on the point of bursting its thin buds - but not quite managing to do it!
The coal saver was rushed into our grate & there it sits red hot & O such heat. Bob1 says it will burn itself away quickly - but we shall see.
What could be more perfect that the 3 expensive pictures of dear Julius2 - R is so delighted with them - They are marvellous. And to thanks Ad3 for his dear letter - I was astonished at your shopping in Chichester - a good place to choose - and nice to think you haven't got to shop in Portsmouth. 
Yesterday was spoilt by fog - Hon4 cooked a fine Turkey - & we browsed over our presents & R read Dickens Xmas Carol aloud and we listened to the all the world round wonders ending in the King's speech (that might have been better?)
Then Carr5 arrived for tea - & we looked at all the Xmas cards - & more reading aloud from R till sup - & some wireless afterwards - Joan Coxon - & some Bach. R is sending Ad his Folk Song Suite wh he may be able to do on his flute - tho' R fears it gets out of his compass in places. R was so pleased with Ad's playing - & has been saying 'why can't I write a tune for Ad to play on his flute instead of Concertos etc.'
Please give love to the Ks & thanks for the Xmas card - Ralph has started off for Cardiff this morn - fog better here - His concert (Toward the Unknown - & 4 Hymns) is in a 'distressed area' - rather gloomy! He has taken white waistcoat & will be in his very best.6
Your A

Carr left this morn - she is trying to settle if [she] shall take a cooks job in a doctors house after her family has left next week - 35/ a week but long hours

1. Robert de Ropp, a young relative of AVW who lived with the VWs for some years.
2. A tame badger belonging to the Curles.
3. Adam Curle, son of Cordelia.
4. Honorine Williamson, who lived with the VWs for some years as a companion to AVW.
5. Rosamond Carr, a friend of the VWs.
6. VW was to conduct a performance of his works in one of the poor Welsh mining villages near Cardiff. See R.V.W.: a biography, p.190.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/8, ff.106-107
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