Tuesday. Dec 8

Went to buy Xmas [Christmas] scarves for Marguerite and Betty1. Also bought copper coal-shovel for Honor, two more pewter ashtrays, and two Staffordshire cats, Francis and Frances, for 10/- each.
Letter and present of pins from one Jens Jensen of Denmark.
Honor and Gordon and Alan.
In afternoon fixed up Lawrence book arrangements at a meeting of Trustees2 – present Eliot, Durnay3, Arnie, Carlow, Forster4, L.H. me. None of the Trustees has read the book! Agreed on 1000 copies limited publication, & trade edition after official Letters published.
Gloomy feeling that Edward will abdicate following hopeful morning feeling that he will give up Mrs S.
Laura doing Troy proofs still.
Am getting much too fat.
Agreed to sell Lawrence letters for £300.
A walk with Laura to Piccadilly (saw unserious[RG] car accident) and back by bus.

Editorial Notes

2 Lawrence Trustees eds.
3possibly Colonel Alan Dawnay? A former correspondent of T.E. Lawrence's (W.G.), but we have not been able to determine whether he was a Trustee of the estate. eds.
4 Morgon? KG; definitely E. M. Forster. eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Piccadilly

    London, England

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Carlow, Viscount
    (1907-1944) friend of Graves, and one of the first T.E. Lawrence Trustees; founder of Corvinus Press, London; m. Peggy Dawson-Damer (née Cambie) 1937 eds.
  • T.E.

    Lawrence, T. E.
    'Lawrence of Arabia.' Met Robert in Oxford in the early twenties. Made Robert his biographer and had him write "Lawrence and the Arabs." WG
  • Mrs Simpson

    Simpson, Wallis
    an American divorcee who was scandalously involved with the King. eds.
  • Betty Culquohon

    identity uncertain: also misspelled by RG as "Culquhoun," "Culquohon," or "Culquorhour" eds.
  • King

    King Edward VIII
    Became the Duke of Windsor after he abdicated the throne in 1936 in order to marry Wallis Simpson. eds.
  • Alan

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

    Wyatt, Honor
    Journalist. Arrived in Deyá fortuitously. Married to Gordon Glover...Son Julian. W.G. First acquainted with R.G. and L.R. early in 1934; returned to visit in 1935; continued friendship in England. eds (RPG 211).
  • Marguerite

  • McCormacks

    McCormack, Walter & Violet
    Tenants of Ca'n Torrent. Had two daughters: Jennifer, a dancer, & Betty. Continued their friendship with Robert and Laura in England. eds.
  • Jens Jensen

    Jensen, Jens
    contributor to The World and Ourselves p.190 eds.; daughter Jensine Jensen born 11 September, 1937 eds.
  • Gordon

    Glover, Gordon
    Married to Honor Wyatt. WG
  • Eliot

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

    Lawrence, A.W. (Arnie)
    T.E. Lawrence's brother and executor. WG
  • E.M. Forster

    Forster, E. M.
    Major 20th-century English novelist (1879-1970). An old friend of Graves' who had recommended him for the post of Professor of English Literature at Cairo, which Graves took up in 1926 (RPG 3).
  • 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.


    • Title: Trojan Ending, A [novel]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • 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