San Bernardo1 Aug 20th Tuesday.

Made green[RG]tomato pickle — 9 big jars, 1 small. 7 litre[RG]bottles of juice. This time put in apples, pimiento2 (green), mint, marjoram, lemon verbena, rosemary, lemon-rind, samphire, sultanas, chutneypowder[RG], pepper, mace, cinnamon, brown sugar, white sugar, ginger, garlic, mustard, onions, vinegar & the[RG]green tomatoes themselves.
Went over Old Soldiers typing. 150 pp [pages] of R. [Richards]'s orig. [original] mss [manuscript] expanded to 180 pp of text. At this all day. (Laura writing poem for anthology for me to cooperate with.)
Went to Son Canals for Bernardo's fiesta3. There met his sister & niece from Marseilles and arranged a dance for Saturday, at 8 o'clock at Canellun. Joke about being denounced for pickle-making.
Then to Sala, listened to dance-music on the new radio.
On return Laura gave Carl further instructions for Sabater.
Finished sample of R.4 up to p 115 to send to H.S. [Harrison Smith]

Editorial Notes

1St. Bernard. KG
2pepper. KG
3name-day. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Concordia

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Salón Concordia. Gelat's café. Variously refered to as the Sala or the Salón. The village youths had shares in it. It was later called the Salón Deportivo. WG
  • Son Canals

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

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Laura Riding and Robert Graves' house. Also Canellun (private) road. WG, KG

People Mentioned

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Sabater

    Printer in Palma who did work for R.G. & L.R. eds.
  • 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

Organizations Mentioned

  • Harrison Smith and Robert Haas

    R.G.'s American publisher for I, Claudius and Claudius the God. eds.


    • 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