Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

Letter No.: 
Dec 25 [1940]

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

My Dear

I write on grand paper1 to thank you for the seeds & especially the lovely red hank:2 which I am sure is yours & therefore the more alluring (as Bunyan says). All my love for the New Year.
I have heard from Rosemary3 - she wants to come to England - though she has been offered a job in Washington.
What luck at Blackwells4 [?]
Love from


1. i.e. VW's headed paper which he used very sparingly during the war, because of the difficulty in obtaining fresh supplies.
2. handkerchief
3. Rosemary Lock, Ursula Wood's sister.
4. Blackwells subsequently published Ursula Wood's first and second books, No Other Choice (1941) and Fall of Leaf (1943).

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MS Mus. 1714/1/13, f. 35
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