Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Letter No.: 
August 1 [1944]

The White Gates

Dear Bessie

I shall certainly stipulate - if and when the National Trust accept Leith Hill Place1 - that the public shall have rights of access to the woods & some of the fields. Anyhow you & Bob and your friends must feel yourselves free to walk in the woods as you always have done.
The Kitchen Garden may go to keep up the estate - So it is up to me, and you as neighbours, to try and find a tenant who at the same time, is desirable and rich - Some form of community is possible, but I think I should prefer a private tenant as they are likely to be more human in their relations with the cottagers and workmen - and I want to keep up the great tradition in that respect set up by my Grandfather, my mother and Hervey himself.
The house will be let partly furnished - the valuable pictures, china and furniture will be gone, but there will remain a good lot of “utility” stuff with the house - or may be let out to a market gardener which I think could be the best as it has great potentialities - but I want to make it quite clear that the National Trust have not definitely accepted it yet.


1. The National Trust eventually accepted the house, with an endowment of £4,000, in a letter dated 15th November 1944. By that time it had been agreed that the house would be let to VW's cousin Sir Ralph Wedgwood. See also VWL1923.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
RCT 16.204

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/15, ff.189-192
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The letter is in AVW's hand, signed by VW.

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