March 10th Sunday

Wrote to Middleditch of A. Barker & Co, telling of historical mistakes on one selected page of John the Baptist by Margaret Goldsmith.1 Saying that I wanted no acknowledgements, because probably many other mistakes: this only a specimen.
Paid Estanco 50 pesetas on a/c and paid the Baker up to date. A little work on trial scene. Sent off Focus and Second Leaf to the following people:


Second Leaf

Lucie & John 3 4
Ethel Herdman March 25 0 3
Tom & Julie 4 6
James Reeves 3 4
John Cullen 1 2
Letter Harold Edwards 1 3+7 (March 30)
Letter Malcolm Thomson 1 March 30 1
Geoffrey Grigson 0 1 and 1 First L
Sidney Bernstein 1 1 and 1 First L
Letter Ward Ritchie 0 3
Letter Honor & Gordon 6 see March 27 +2 4
Letter Maisie 3 5
Letter Isabel M. 1 3 (For Libraries see March 25th)
Len & Jane 1 0
Michael Roberts March 27 0 2
Went with Mrs McCormack to interpret about the Tower 2 which they want to rent for 10 years at 500 pesetas a year.

Editorial Notes

1 John the Baptist by Margaret L. Goldsmith. London: A. Barker Ltd., 1935. eds
2Watch tower at Son Bauzá WG

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Son Bauza

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    A large farm complex on the opposite side of the valley from Canellun. WG

People Mentioned

  • McCormacks

    McCormack, Walter & Violet
    Tenants of Ca'n Torrent. Had two daughters: Jennifer, a dancer, & Betty. Continued their friendship with Robert and Laura in England. eds.
  • 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).
  • Miss Middleditch

    Middleditch, Miss
    Editor with Arthur Barker Ltd. WG
  • Lucie

    Brown, Lucie
    Married artist John Aldridge. eds.
  • Aldridge

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

    Herdman, Ethel
    James Reeves' sister RPG; Assistant warden of Ashbourne Hall, Manchester University KG; nicknamed "Ether" by RG and LR, Sept 1937 eds.
  • Tom

    Matthews, T.S.(Tom)
    American journalist. Took sabbatical from TIME and arrived in Deyá in 1930. Involved from then on with L.R. and R.G. WG
  • Julie

    Matthews, Julie
    Tom Matthews' wife. WG
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.
  • John Cullen

    Cullen, John
    Friend of Eirlys Roberts. K.G.
  • Harold Edwards

    Edwards, Harold
    Antiquarian bookseller & British Buddhist; bookshop at 4, Cecil Court off Charing X Rd. K.G.; wife Olive née Wallis and baby girl Sally. Karl Goldschmidt's employer in 1938. eds.
  • Malcolm

    Thomson, Malcolm
    On Focus, Second Leaf mailing list. W.G. Journalist. eds.
  • Geoffrey Grigson

    Grigson, Geoffrey
    Poet and literary critic C.P. & K.G. Founder and editor of New Verse, a poetry journal (1933-39). eds.
  • Sidney Bernstein

    Bernstein, Sidney
    Film Producer. Evidently given a negative review by Socialist film reviewer, Cedric Belfrage.
  • Ward

    Ritchie, Ward
    Ritchie became one of the principal figures in the fine-printing movement in Southern California. He printed for the Primavera Press, and took commissions as the Ward Ritchie Press, which he incorporated in 1932. There is a Riding letter in his collection at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, Los Angeles, CA 90018
  • Gordon

    Glover, Gordon
    Married to Honor Wyatt. WG
  • Maisie

    Sommerville, Maisie
    Head of BBC Education broadcasting department. Friend of R.G. and L.R. Arranged accomodation for them when they returned to London as exiles. W.G., eds.
  • Isabel

    Mayers, Isabel
    Laura Riding's sister. Lived in L.A. WG
  • 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.
  • Jane

    Lye, Jane
    Married to New Zealand artist/ film-maker Len Lye; son Bix Lye. Friends with R.G. and L.R. Visited Graves and Riding in Majorca (1930), where Jane provided secretarial assistance. eds (RPG 138).
  • Michael Roberts

    Roberts, Michael
    Editor; real name William Edward KG; L.R. & R.G. submitted poems for an anthology he was preparing, published by ? Faber & Faber. WG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Arthur Barker Ltd.

    Barker, Arthur
    The English publisher of I, Claudius and Claudius the God. WG
  • Estanco

    Local Tobacconist, a general shop KG


    • Title: Focus I, II, III, IV [newsletter]
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935
    • Title: Second Leaf [poem]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá
    • Publisher: Seizin
    • Date: 1935