July 19th Sunday.

Painted part of the balustrade with red lead (taking on from Karl's lead1).
Francisquita and her mother came: F brought some pillow-lace she had made by hand. Laura for 2 days busy on A's Courage homily: ×××× [indecipherable] anxious[RG] for Troy.
Bathed from fishermen's huts, the foreshore being sea-weedy.
Could not bring myself to work on schools – revulsion against education.
Wrote to Julie.
No letters because of trouble in Palma
Rumours over the radio of fighting in Barcelona & air-bombing in Valencia, of death'[RG]s in Palma from Fascists armed by the Captain-General who went over last night ×××× [indecipherable] to Barcelona to lead a revolt, & has now surrendered.
Laura & I to Fabrica where stories of the two F's 2 doings came out.

Editorial Notes

1R.G. has marked the "e" in former "lead" "short" and in the latter "long." eds
2Fascists? KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

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

    Catalunya, Spain
    Located on the Mediterranean coast. eds.
  • Valencia

    Valencia, Valencia, Spain
    City on East coast of Spain eds.
  • Fábrica

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Home of Juan (Gelat) and his wife, the Madora. K.G. The ground floor was a nave extended over the equivalent of two more lots. This originally was a factory with an oil press, a flour mill and a soap making machine all run by a steam engine. Gelat replaced steam by fuel-oil and installed an electricity generator. When he put in the turbine at Ca'n Madó he removed the machinery and built a Café in its place (the Sala Concordia). WG

People Mentioned

  • Alan

    Hodge, Alan
    Oxford history graduate. Became close friends with LR & RG. First husband of Beryl Graves. CP & WG
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Julie

    Matthews, Julie
    Tom Matthews' wife. WG


    • Title: Schools [an international survey of education]
    • Author: Graves, Robert; Riding, Laura
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: Courage [a Homelitic Study]
    • Title: Epilogue III
    • Author: Hodge, Alan
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: London & Deyá
    • Publisher: Constable & Seizin
    • Idno: A33
    • Date: 1937