Ap 5 Friday.

To village to see Gelat. Still in pain but no fever. Told me that he had been selling Son Canals in imagination; Bernado is leaving Deyá for Palma and will probably get rid of Son Canals, first renting it to Anita's uncle. If Gelat can get the job of buying and reselling the property, it will leave him with a nice bit in hand because there are always buyers for small bits of olive land.
Wrote to Member of Ox. Univ. [Oxford University]1 asking him to ask a question in Parliament about non-[RG]payment of royalties to British authors while Hitler and Company profit from their works.
Cold wind. Artichokes to Str [Strenge], and Gelat's sister who gave us the plants.
Mended my candlestick at last.
Went over Heffer catalogue with L. [Laura] & Karl & ordered 9 books.
Some proofs from Esperanza: now have half.
Wrote to Gamages about collapsible boats.

Editorial Notes

1Member of Parliament for Oxford University. Oxford students and graduates had their own member. WG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Son Canals

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Large farm-house belonging to Bernardo Colom at the entrance to the village. WG
  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.
  • Gamage

    London, England
    London department store. KG Large toy shop. WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Strenge, Frau Emmi
    Schwarz's house keeper and ? mistress. WG
  • Esperanza

    Sabater? ran a printing press in Palma and printed Focus.
  • 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.)
  • Bernardo

    Colom, Bernardo
    Ex Cuban, previous owner of 'Son Canals', and former owner of 'Luna land' (on the other side of the road) cf. Married to a Cuban lady. Sons: Marcos (married to Gelat's daughter Magdalena) and Pancho. KG & WG
  • Anita

    Mas, Anita
    Gelat's daughter-in-law, married to Juan Mas. WG
  • Hitler

    Hitler, Adolf
  • Heffer

    Antiquuarian bookseller and engravings seller in Cambridge C.P. & WG