Thursday Sept 17th

Margaret Russell & Leonard1 came. Sent them to Ba[RG] Liddell Hart took them to Madam Tussauds & then me to Bishopsgate to see Eliot about the business. We explained difficulties with Savage & proposed two alternatives: 1500 limited (England & U.S.) no payment to trustees, republication 6 months after Letters2, material available up to 33% to Letters3. or trade edition paying 33 1/3 % to trustees. At Chata's found Jenny in trouble with Churchills about her part in the Sarah business4. Helped her write to Mrs & enclosed a covering letter to Winston. Tea at flat with Margaret: sent[RG] sent her to a cinema with Carl. Dinner with Liddell Hart (L & I) Laura quarrelled with him rather about his drawing-out tactics. To Dorchester Midnight Laughter5 with Maisie too, first dinner jacket since 1927. 4 bottles of champagne. Laura wearing gipó, volant,6 red & green embroidered[RG] brocade. Jenny danced well (3 Wiere brothers danced with hats). Introduced to C.B.Cochrane & Shellick the cabaret promoter. Saw: Iris March, Violet Lorraine, Aga Khan n[RG], Frances O'Day, Jack Hulbert, Tom Webster etc.etc. Returned at 3.30. Supper cost £10. Jenny had got evening dress from Peggy: spoilt it climbing in at Curzon House at 5 o clock: no key.

Editorial Notes

2collected letters for T.E. Lawrence to his Biographer. eds
4elopement KG
5 Cochran revue eds.
6 giró volant? = "swirling, flying ruffles" eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Curzon House

    Mayfair, London, England
    Jenny Graves' lodgings starting September, 1936 eds.
  • Dorchester Hotel

    London, England
    Hotel where Jenny Graves performed eds.
  • Bishopsgate

    London, England
  • Chata's

    London, England
    restaurant? eds.

People Mentioned

  • Jenny

    Nicholson, Jenny
    Jenny Nicholson: oldest daughter of Robert by Nancy Nicholson.
  • Laura

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

    Arnie Lawrence's agent KG
  • Sarah

    Churchill, Sarah
    Daughter of Winston Churchill. Became friends with R.G.'s daughter Jenny when they danced together in Cochran's revue. There was a scandal when she eloped with another performer, and Jenny leaked the story to the press. (RPG 252) eds.
  • Cochran

    Cochran, C. B.
    Director of musical revues in London: RG's daughter Jenny performed as a chorus-girl in his "Follow the Sun" and "Midnight Laughter". (RPG 252-53) eds
  • 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.
  • Margaret

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

    L.R. & R.G.'s solicitor in London. WG
  • Churchill

    Churchill, Winston (Sir)
    On the island [of Majorca] December 1935. W.G. In 1936 R.G. had an interview with him in London , and expressed his concerns about the Spanish Civil War. (Diary: November 1936) eds.
  • Wiere Brothers

    Wiere Brothers
    three brothers, musicians and comedians eds.
  • Shellick

    cabaret promoter eds. see Diary September 17, 1936; a.k.a. Sherrick?
  • Iris March

    March, Iris
  • Violet Lorraine

    Lorraine, Violet
  • Aga Khan

    Aga Khan
    likely Aga Khan III, the Muslim leader eds.
  • Frances O'Day

    O'Day, Frances
  • Jack Hulbert

    Hulbert, Jack
  • Tom Webster

    Webster, Tom
  • Peggy Graves

    Graves, Peggy
    Married to Charles Graves, R.G.'s brother. Both provided support to Robert's daughter Jenny while she was performing in London. (RPG 249, 265) 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