Thursday Dec 10th

Going over Lawrence material. I suggested title to L.H. "Confidences by T.E. Lawrence to his biographer etc."
Wrote twice to Nancy but could not send her information from J.F.(whom I saw in the morning) as to best course as to J's cure.
News of abdication from Dorothy over the phone. Strong rumours of Elizabeth as Queen, Mary as Regent.[RG]
Laura still doing proofs and shopping. She bought me a Dunhill cigarette lighter.
To Maisie's to hear wireless. Present: Maisie, J.F., Amy Strachey, Maritza Frischauer, Norman Lloyd Williams, Orford or whatever his name is, a girl called Pam or something who read my hand and noted its great improvement in the last 7 years, Tanny Browne, one Mrs Prior, Laura, myself.
Mary Hale and I agreed to stop smoking for a week. I have stopped drinking for a week, accidentally almost.

Hands Referenced

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

People Mentioned

  • J.F.

    Freeman, Dr. John
    friend of RG; married to Violet Freeman eds.
  • 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).
  • Nancy

    Nicholson, Nancy
    (1899-1977) First wife of Robert Graves; married 1918, separated 1927, divorced 1949. 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
  • 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.
  • Dorothy

    Hutchinson, Dorothy
    Ward Hutchinson's wife. WG
  • 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.
  • Amabel Strachey [Amy?]

    Strachey, Amabel [Amy?]
    (Mary) Amabel (Nassau Strachey, b. 1893/4) married to Clough Williams-Ellis eds.; Amabel's mother (Henrietta Mary) Amy nቐSimpson (c.1866–1957) is also "Amy" so RG possibly refers to the senior and junior by the same name eds.
  • Maritza Frischauer

    Fraschauer, Maritza
  • Norman Lloyd Williams

    Williams, Norman Lloyd
    worked for the BBC; married to Wynona "Noni" Hope Wright eds.
  • Bill Orford

    Orford, Bill
  • Tanny Brown

    Brown, Tanny
    a painter, ex-husband of Maisie Sommerville KG; father of Maisie's son Timothy Brown eds.
  • Mary

    Hale, Mary
    Welsh maid at Nottingham Place, sister Violet eds.; later, maid for RG and LR at Dorset St. "Laura pinched [her] from Kitty West" eds. KG


    • 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