July 22 Wednesday Santa Magdalena1

Heavy day: fleet expected at Palma, with fear of bloodshed.
Saw a ×××× [indecipherable] warship[RG] pass (British: Devonshire)[RG] and an aeroplane but apparently nothing. (Made a tour of island)[RG]
No certain news. Radios from Continent say that revolt is being broken. Almudaina the reverse.
Schools & cooked lunch, finished painting Posada door. Magdalena ×××× [indecipherable] 's ×××× [indecipherable] fiesta: cake & champagne. Pedro wants to offer himself. Laura & I begged Madora not to let G. go in tomorrow.[RG] Pancho has gone as a volunteer, he says. (Really an excuse for women?) Bernardo anxious about Marcos at Barcelona. Champagne at Schw. Felt rather sick. 7 Carabineros2 of ×××× [indecipherable] Pollenza [RG] shot. Bernardo nominated mayor. The Air France machines destroyed by their mechanic to prevent their seizure by F [Fascist]s. No post since Monday.

Editorial Notes

1Saint Mary Magdalen eds.
2coast guards KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Palma

    Palma, Majorca, Sp
    Capital and largest centre of Majorca.
  • Posada, La

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    House on the Puig next to Deyá church. Originally part of the Es Molí property. It had been rented by the church for Sunday school. RG and LR bought it in February, 1935, to use as a guest house for their visitors. WG, eds.
  • Pollensa

    Pollensa, Majorca, Sp
    Town at the north end of Majorca. WG R.G. sometimes spells it "Pollenza." eds.
  • Barcelona

    Catalunya, Spain
    Located on the Mediterranean coast. eds.

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.)
  • Swartz

    Schwarz, Georg
    German Jew. Deyá neighbour. Antique dealer. Lived with Frau Emmy Strenge, his house keeper, in Can Caballo some hundred yards from Canellun. RG and LR translated his "Almost Forgotten Germany." WG
  • Pancho

    Colom, Pancho
    Don Bernardo's son. A black sheep. WG
  • Tio/Don Pedro & Tia/Doña Catalina

    Pedro or Catalina
    Cousins of Gelat from Madrid; RG refers to them interchangeably as Don or Doña and Tio/a, meaning uncle or aunt eds.
  • Magdalena Marroig

    Marroig Más, Magdalena
    Gelat's daughter. Later married Marcos Colom. WG
  • Madora

    Marroig Más, Madora
    Gelat's wife. W.G. R.G. often spells her first name "Medora," and precedes it with "the." 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
  • Marcos

    Colom, Marcos
    Son of Bernardo Colom (landowner in Deyá); son-in-law to Gelat. eds

Organizations Mentioned

  • HMS Devonshire

    HMS Devonshire
    British battleship launched 1927 eds. see Diary July 22 & August 5, 1936


    • Title: Schools [an international survey of education]
    • Author: Graves, Robert; Riding, Laura
    • Editor: Riding, Laura
    • Title: Almudaina [Palma newspaper]
    • PubPlace: Palma de Majorca
    • Date: 1936