Tuesday Dec 22

To J.F. for injection.
Bought pair 1750 candle sticks, London pewter with round bases & octagonal flaps: £2. Proofs. Sent off telegrams to Cochran etc for Jenny.[RG]
On way to Jenny's, met P.M. in hall who gave me watch, said nothing. Addressed to me, no note inside. This made Jenny silent.
Bought more Xmas cards & things.
Apples from Mr. Neale.
×××× [indecipherable] Marguerite & her husband (insurance chap) came & brought cake & pudding. Joyce came and brought picture Return from School. I bought old Bristol glass marbles 2d each & more Chinese ones, also glass picture of sportsmen for Honor 5/-, and 18th inlaid easel for John 5/-. With Len & Karl & Joyce to eat at Guy's Snack Bar: then to see propaganda (Montague) Defence of Madrid film at Besant Hall.1
Proofs till [until] 2.30.

Editorial Notes

1'Besant Hall' is located immediately behind the Theosophical Society's London headquarters in Rodmarton Street. A former mews building, it was converted into a small lecture hall. eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Madrid

    Madrid, New Castile, Spain
    Capital city of Spain eds.

People Mentioned

  • J.F.

    Freeman, Dr. John
    friend of RG; married to Violet Freeman eds.
  • Jenny

    Nicholson, Jenny
    Jenny Nicholson: oldest daughter of Robert by Nancy Nicholson.
  • Pat Moran

    Moran, Pat
    lover of Jenny Graves RPG (261)
  • 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).
  • Marguerite

  • Karl/Carl

    Goldschmidt, Karl
    Karl Goldschmidt, later Kenneth Gay: Graphic artist, friend and secretary of Robert Graves and Laura Riding since 1934. R. G. spells both as Carl and Karl.
  • Aldridge

    Aldridge, John
    (1905-1983), painter and close friend and collaborator. WG m. to Lucie Brown 1940 eds.
  • Cochran

    Cochran, C. B.
    Director of musical revues in London: RG's daughter Jenny performed as a chorus-girl in his "Follow the Sun" and "Midnight Laughter". (RPG 252-53) eds
  • Ernest Neale

    Neale, Ernest
    of Islip post office R.G.
  • Joyce Reeves

    Reeves, Joyce
    Sister of James Reeves. AMG 287.
  • Len

    Lye, Len
    New Zealand painter, sculptor, and filmmaker whom LR & RG had met in London. He helped with the Seizin Press publications. WG; married to Jane Lye, son Bix. eds.
  • Montague

    Nathan, Major George Montague
    Major in the Spanish civil War eds.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.