Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maud Karpeles

Letter No.: 

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

Dear Maud
I have to give a lecture on Folk song on Oct 23d & want to see if I can arrange for Elizabeth Darbyshire-Jones to illustrate & for you to hear her - As she sings chiefly the N.F. 1ones my lecture ought to be about them - would it be very impertinent if I stole your thunder in this way - & further still would you beef me with some facts.
- How are you - we haven't met for ages
The enclosed may amuse you, they are part of "Joanna Southcotts Box"2

1. i.e. Songs from Newfoundland, which had been collected and published by Karpeles.
2. Joanna Southcott was a nineteenth-century prophetess whose 'box' contained her prophecies. The enclosure is not present.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/3/2, ff. 10-11
General notes: 

Date estimated from context in file.