July 12 Thursday[RG] Friday

The 300 year old mulberry table that belonged to the first Juan Marroig of the Molí came today from Gelat: put it in the entrada1. To[RG] Helped put jabis2 in position. Went over a little of Frank Richard's book.3 Gelat & I decided to put boat house in rock crack in middle of playa4, behind. In afternoon copied onto carbon for Laura. Francisco5's wife gave me a straw-patterned box 'tiempo de los Moros'6 with 18th century paper lining. Gas7 man came to give a demonstration: may buy a set.
Gelat had satisfactory talk with Señor [sic: Senor] 8 of the Pedrissa, which means the médico is left alone.
Income tax claim signed: £85 due.
Late again, pasting for Laura & then doing Richards
First ripe tomatoes of any size

Editorial Notes

1entrance hall. WG
2jars. KG
4beach. KG
5the village carpenter who was doing some work for them, or Francisco of Ca l'Abat? eds
6 "time of the Moors". "It became LR's pencil box; & was given to me by RG "as a memento", very shortly after my return in 1947 – I still own it." KG [c1989]
7butane. KG
8Proprietor. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Molí, Es

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Large estate which Gelat divided up and sold for the owner. The farm-house was bought by Juan Mayol. RG & LR bought the Posada, Es Piñets and part of Ca'n Madó. WG
  • Pedrissa, Sa

    Majorca, Sp
    Farm on the way to Valldemossa. WG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Vives, Antonio Dr.
    The village doctor (Deyá). At odds with Gelat (water rights controversy). His brother, Juan Vives, was Gelat's son-in-law. WG
  • Richards

    Richards, Frank
    Author of Old Soldiers Never Die and Old Soldier Sahib which R.G. rewrote for him. Was in The Royal Welch Fusiliers, R.G.'s regiment. eds.; Birth name is Francis Phillip Woodruff eds. see Diary September 27, 1936
  • Francisco of Ca l'Abat

    His son, Antonio de C'as Pintat, was one of the village carpenters. WG


    • Title: Old Soldier Sahib
    • Author: Richards, Frank
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London, New York
    • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Harrison Smith & Robert Haas
    • Idno: A44
    • Date: 1936