from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Maitland, Ermengard, 1887 - 1968

Letter No. VWL255

Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Fredegond and Ermengard Maitland

Letter No.: VWL255

Leith Hill Place
Nr Dorking

[September 1897]

Dear Gaga and Vuff1

I wrote you a letter last week but I tore it up; so then I thought I would write to you from here; so that you might see where to write me a telegram whenever you want to. Adeline and I think you might like to see some designs for my trousseau.
The first pattern represents my wedding suit, the general colour is puce the spots being of a sandy colour the boots to be light blue with red heels.
Pattern 2 represents a good working suit for everyday wear being made of good strong material with plaid stockings.
Two other pictures are supposed to be guesses of what I shall look like when I come back from Germany – I don’t know which is the most likely to be true.
And last of all two pictures of a giraffe one by Adeline and one by me; the head of my one is wrong, but the tail is better than in Adeline’s.
I want to see the new monkey of which also I will give you a picture and end up.

This is not much like a monkey.


Ralph Vaughan Williams

1. The recipients, nieces of Adeline Fisher and daughters of Frederic and Florence Maitland,¬†were to be bridesmaids at VW’s wedding. VW would have met them often in his Cambridge days when he visited their home at Downing College.