Dec 4 Saturday.

Slept till [until] 12, saw John's pictures – there's one little one which we would like to buy, with violet light on a winter stream – talked about the haunted room where John recently found, in a hole under the plaster, a tiny bit of[RG] parchment in 16th century 'secretarial' handwriting 'O mitis Jesu, libera nos!'1
Back to Alma Square in Norman's car through sleet with a faulty windscreen wiper & two women who rushed across the car at different points to catch a tram, & one car that skidded right round in front of us.
David Jenny [RG] Catherine Nancy to supper. Nancy took a paper pattern of a rocking chair to make a ply-wood model[RG] mould from. Catherine remained & stopped the night. Talked till 1.30 of the nature of time.

Editorial Notes

1 "Oh gentle Jesus, set us free!" KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Alma Square

    London, Westminster, England
    Between Maida Vale and Abbey Road; R.G. & L.R. lived there in the winter of 1937. eds

People Mentioned

  • Aldridge

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

    Nicholson, Jenny
    Jenny Nicholson: oldest daughter of Robert by Nancy Nicholson.
  • Norman Cameron

    Cameron, Norman
    Poet. Built Can Torrent in 1932-1933. W.G.; m. to Elfriede, then to Catherine Vandervelde; friend and contributor to LR and RG's work eds.
  • 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.
  • Catherine

    Nicholson, Catherine
    Catherine Nicholson: (1922- ) third of four children of Robert Graves and Nancy Nicholson. eds.
  • Nancy

    Nicholson, Nancy
    (1899-1977) First wife of Robert Graves; married 1918, separated 1927, divorced 1949. eds.
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.