from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Ellis and White
Letter No. VWL5189
Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ellis and White
Letter No.: VWL5189
10 Barton St
Feb 13th 
Have I your leave to print the words of the following Rossetti sonnets (‘House of Life’ Nos XIX, XLVIII, XLIX, L, LI and LII) in the programme of Messrs. Broadwood’s concert (March 12th) and Miss Verne’s, also in March?
R. Vaughan Williams
1. This letter was addressed to the firm of Ellis and White (Frank Startridge Ellis and David White), publisher of Rossetti’s Ballads and Sonnets; the directors in 1903 were J.J. Holdsworth and George Smith. VW used the texts in Willow-wood. See VWL5190 for a subsequent letter on the subject.
2. The Broadwood firm of piano makers had inaugurated a chamber concert series. It is not clear to which of the Verne sisters VW refers.
Date from context. See further on this letter in Allan W. Atlas. ‘Vaughan Williams, new Letters, and some thoughts about the date of The House of Life’, in RVW Society Journal 76 (October 2019).
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