June 2 Tuesday

Olive tree nearest the flower-bed being cut down by the two Sebastians1, Gelat supervising.
Bartolomé and Amador fetched stones from Can Mado (pulling down an old oven there).
Another version of poem: To Disown the Records . * Epilogue went off finally.
Wrote to Observer asking for Hillgarth's Davy Jones to review; and to Hillgarth.
To David discouraging Nazi enthusiasm.
To Richards enclosing excellent[RG] press-cutting of O.S.S. from U.S.A. ("slow but steady sale")
To Honor, in answer.
Laura came with me to village late: for first time for a fortnight or so.
Old Sch. says that the stone mortar or holy water stamp is too cheap both for the real thing ×××× [indecipherable] and for a forgery at 10 pes. [pesetas] If genuine West Gothic ×××× [indecipherable] it should be very valuable indeed.

Editorial Notes

1 Sebastian Aquel and old Sebastian? eds.

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

Places Mentioned

  • Ca'n Madó

    Majorca, Sp
    Old flour mill, on the road to Palma, converted into a hydro-electric plant by Gelat. Laura bought him a generator. Part of the orchard was bought by LR & RG. WG

People Mentioned

  • Bartolomé

    Bartolomé
    The mason. WG
  • Sebastian

    Aquel, Sebastian
    "That" Sebastian? (nickname) K.G. A villager who helped out with renovations, landscaping etc. May have had some seniority among the labourers there. W.G., eds.
  • Sebastian

    Sebastian
    Gardener getting on for 80. KG
  • Gelat

    Más, Juan Marroig
    Juan Marroig Mas, called Gelat: Landowner on Deyá and friend of Robert Graves and Laura Riding (L.R. & R.G.'s factotum. W.G.)
  • Amador

    Amador
    Gelat's right hand man. Drove the bus. WG; also Gelat's chauffeur KG
  • Hillgarth

    Hillgarth
    Consul? Ambasador? Foreign Office. W.G.; Palma Consul KG
  • David

    Graves, David
    R.G.'s second child [by Nancy Nicholson]. W.G. In RAF; killed in the war. The only one of Graves' children who might have become a poet had he lived. K.G., eds.
  • Richards

    Richards, Frank
    Author of Old Soldiers Never Die and Old Soldier Sahib which R.G. rewrote for him. Was in The Royal Welch Fusiliers, R.G.'s regiment. eds.; Birth name is Francis Phillip Woodruff eds. see Diary September 27, 1936
  • Honor

    Wyatt, Honor
    Journalist. Arrived in Deyá fortuitously. Married to Gordon Glover...Son Julian. W.G. First acquainted with R.G. and L.R. early in 1934; returned to visit in 1935; continued friendship in England. eds (RPG 211).
  • Laura

    Riding,Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Swartz

    Schwarz, Georg
    German Jew. Deyá neighbour. Antique dealer. Lived with Frau Emmy Strenge, his house keeper, in Can Caballo some hundred yards from Canellun. RG and LR translated his "Almost Forgotten Germany." WG
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: To Disown the Once Written [poem; becomes To Disown the Records, then Birthday. Not traced. Apparently not published. D.W.]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Date: 1936-07-15
    • Title: Epilogue II
    • Editor: Riding, Laura & Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Idno: B24
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Observer, the
    • PubPlace: London
    • Date: 1791-
    • Title: Davy Jones
    • Author: Hillgarth, Alan
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Ivor Nicholson & Watson
    • Date: 1936
    • Title: Old Soldier Sahib
    • Author: Richards, Frank
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, New York
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Harrison Smith & Robert Haas
    • Idno: A44
    • Date: 1936