Dec 26 Thursday

Presents to Maria Fidavera & Francisquita: turron1 & coca2 in exchange. News of Basil's suicide. Wrote to Margaret, Marguerite, Luci[RG] Tom & Julie, Honor, Maisie.
Girls taken to Soller in car – Catalina to her first cinema. We ate at the Fonda.
Wrote postscript to OSS [Old Soldier Sahib] preface about machine-gun-ization of R.W.F. [Royal Welch Fusiliers] sent to H.S. [Harrison Smith] & to Morley, with other business instructions.
Mancebo grafted some almonds.

Editorial Notes

1a kind of nougat. KG
2cake. KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Soller

    Soller, Majorca, Sp
    Town of some 10,000 inhabitants ten kilometers from Deyá. WG
  • Fonda

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Inn next to Margarita's Café. Occasionally ate there. WG

People Mentioned

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Frank

    Morley, Frank
    With Faber and Faber. Involved with Old Soldier Sahib. WG
  • Julie

    Matthews, Julie
    Tom Matthews' wife. WG
  • 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
  • Catalina

    Cook from Palma employed by RG and LR; worked with Margarita, the chambermaid. W.G., eds.
  • Maria Fidevera

    Fidevera, Maria
    ? the washing woman. Married to Jeronimo. W.G.; daughter Juana K.G.
  • Francisca

    The "Francisca" of "Laura and Francisca." eds. A young resident of Deyá; her mother Francisca Messiana helped out at Canellun. W.G. Also called Francisquita (but so were other Franciscas in the village). Later m. to Miguel Ripoll (see Friedmann 179) eds.
  • Margaret

    Russell, Margaret
    House-keeper L.R. & R.G. had had in London. WG
  • Sgt. Billy Townsend

    Townsend, Billy
    An associate of R.G. from WWI, in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. CP
  • Marguerite

  • Mancebo

    One of the villagers good at grafting. 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