Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ralph Wedgwood

Letter No.: 
[September 1897]

Leith Hill Place
Nr Dorking

Dear Randolph

You are the best man in the world - as I always knew - and so I am serious when I ask you to adopt that particular pose at my wedding also on the trustee matter - I can't tell you what it is to find you willing to do these things for me but I won't slide into the sentimental. When are you next in London? We must try and see a lot of each other. You may like to hear our plans. Immediately on being married we start for Berlin and spend 6,7, or 8 months there, or go on at half time to Vienna.
Sotheboys1 has written to ask me if I will return to him if he keeps the place open for me - this we have thought it best to accept - so by June you will find a ménage à deux established in S. Lambeth towards which you must often find yourself impelled.
I wish you could have got to know Adeline better before we are married but I daresay it will do as well after - and you will have the additional excitement of making a new friend - only you may get into the way of thinking of me and my wife instead of getting to know both as separate atoms.
I will tell you the actual date as soon as I know[;] it might be Saturday - it is splendid your being so obliging as to dates - It will probably be Friday.2
Yours affecntely

Ralph Vaughan Williams

1.  ?Vicar of St Barnabas.
2. The actual date of the wedding was Saturday 9 October 1897.


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MS Mus. 1714/1/1, ff. 93-95
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