May 5 Thursday.

Wrote a number of letters for Laura
Then lunch with Jenny at Café Royal at 12 oclock
David should have come but came by a later train from Oxford.
Jenny overworked by rehearsals for Cochran's revue.
Back to Alma Square. Len working with Laura. David & I then walked to Piccadilly via Mr Mills (five blue purple[RG] Bristol buttons 2/61)
took David to Allen's for a dress suit (to be paid for by Mallik)
Then back: walk across Park.
Then in evening a German film about music at Dresden2: monstrously physical. Then David (stopping the night) work with Laura on Protocol till 2.30

Editorial Notes

12 shillings, sixpence eds.
2Germany eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Café Royal

    London, England
    A restaurant frequented by R.G. and L.R. when they were living in London, between 1936 and 1938. eds.
  • Oxford

    England
    home of Oxford University eds.
  • Alma Square

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

    London, England

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Mills, Mr.
    an antique seller and friend of RG, and contributor to the Covenant of Literary Morality eds.; of Paddington Street, Marylebone KG
  • Jenny

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

    J.B. Allen
    London tailor KG
  • Mallik

    Malik
    Indian guru; consistently misspelled, should be Malik KG
  • Graves, Robert
    Author of the diary.

Bibliography

    • Title: Covenant of Literal Morality, The [subtitle Protocol I; privately printed]
    • Author: Aldridge, John, Dorothy Hutchinson, Lucie Brown, Ward Hutchinson, George Buchanan, Alix Kemp, Mary Buchanan, Hary Kemp, Norman Cameron, Len Lye, Gordon Glover, Albert Mills, Robert Graves, Mary Phillips, Sally Graves, Beryl Pritchard, Liddell Hart, David
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Bristol
    • Publisher: Western Printing Services Ltd.
    • Idno: A37
    • Date: 1938