Letter to Ralph Vaughan Williams from Crompton Llewellyn Davies

Letter No.: 
VWL493
27 Feb 1922

59 Campden Hill Road
London  W.8

My dear Ralph

Where are you & Adeline[?] Is there any chance of seeing you. You have been often in my thoughts.  The other day I turned up a copy of Sea Symphony which you had given me & I thought of Leeds and reading about Pastoral Symphony which alas I missed hearing.  I have felt a sort of triumph in the work you have planned & carried out and remembering walks & talks with you. I fancy I can understand in some sort of way how promises have come true & high intentions been carried out.  Of course I know nothing about it & shouldn’t be writing like this but the big things I think come when anyone - like Milton & Keats - is conscious of wanting to express something & sets himself to fit himself to do so - with the humanity to remain sensitive to everything around but the strength to assimilate it for the main purpose & at the same time to study & know all the means of expression - Forgive me for blundering on like this but I have been wanting to say something to you - My mind has been full of many other things & I am now very busy & I wish I heard some music.  We are all very well, but Moya just now is with the children (Richard 9 & Kitty nearly 7) in Dublin, & I am with my brother Maurice1 - Where are you -
With love to you both
Yours as always

Crompton Llewellyn Davies


1. Crompton, a successful lawyer, had lost his job in government after supporting his wife Moya as an Irish Republican activist during the War of Independence, during which she had been jailed.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1914/1/6, ff.42-43
General notes: 

The Llewellyn Davies brothers - Crompton, Theodore and Charles - had been great friends in VW’s early London days. See for example VWL293.
The letter was probably inspired by the notices of the Pastoral Symphony.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
R.V.W.: a biography, p. 141
Original database number: 
220227