Aug 6 Thursday.

Marseilles at 8 o clock. Consul would lend anyone 3rd class ticket to England. We had hopes of money from bank so would not lend1 any. Laura had an expired passport so we must keep together. Karl could not leave without a 10 franc stamp, which it cost me 80 francs to get and 3 hours, travelling from direction to direction all over Marseilles. American consul useless.2 Got £20 (£10 each) from Westminster Bank )[RG]. By 7 o'clock (no food) and inhospitable visit to Antonio Vives (secretario's brother) had all but English visa to L's passport. Met Garett at Am. [American] Consul. Things improved (nice English cross-eyed concierge at Consulate told us of a cheap eating house). Got train and borrowed £3 from White (of Menorca).[RG] b[RG] B[RG]ought station food. Carriage to ourselves. Got some sleep, arriving Paris at 8 o clock. Luggage to other station. British consul[RG]

Editorial Notes

1borrow KG
2worse than – first time I ever saw L.R. weep: on leaving Consul's office KG

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Paris

  • Marseilles

    Marseilles, France
  • Minorca

    Balearic Islands, Spain
    One of the Balearic Islands eds.

People Mentioned

  • 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.
  • Laura

    Riding, Laura
    (1901-91) American poet. Laura Riding (née Reichenthal; then Laura Gottschalk).
  • Garett

    British Consul in Palma. WG
  • White

    ? of Menorca, see Diary 6 August, 1936 eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Westminster Bank