Saturday. May 30

To Palma by camion1 with Karl; not Laura. Bought 100 p [pesetas]. worth of plants — bamboos,[RG] roses, papyrus [sic: papirus], petunias, and a number of others I don't know the English names of. Planted them in evening with Bartolome & old Sebastian & Karl & Laura. In Palma bought Isabella vases[RG] of white with silver lustre vine pattern, 10 p [pesetas]. balustrades for puente2, 15 pes [pesetas], (Casas)[RG] ship plate in brown faience3, 8 pes [pesetas], old English tray 4 pes [pesetas], mediaeval mortar with carved heads 10 pes [pesetas], (Gelabert)[RG] woollen tom-tit for Laura's empty cage, took broken green[RG] agate pieces to Pomar to be made into silver brooches.
Hart wrote asking whether I would agree to a compromise of truncated trade-edition of book, complete one later; wrote saying preferred limited complete edition, more dignified4.
Put in most of the[RG] plants, Bartolome, & Sebn helping.

Editorial Notes

1bus K.G.
2bridge K.G.
3glazed earthenware decorated with opaque colors eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.

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.
  • Liddell Hart

    Liddell Hart, Capt. Basil
    War-fare expert and friend of T.E. Lawrence. Collaborated with RG on a book of T.E.L'.s letters, published in 1938. See RPG p.231. WG & Eds.
  • Casas

    Antique dealer in Palma. WG
  • Bartolomé

    The mason. WG
  • Sebastian

    Gardener getting on for 80. KG

Organizations Mentioned

  • Pomar

    Palma Jeweller. WG
  • Gelabert's

    antique store "behind cathedral" in Palma eds.


    • Title: T.E. Lawrence to His Biographer
    • Author: Lawrence, T.E.
    • Editor: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: New York
    • Publisher: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc.
    • Idno: A49
    • Date: 1938