Friday Dec 18

Met Sam at Charing Cross1 & found Catherine at flat when I came back. Took them Christmas shopping in neighbourhood. Sam gave me red leather note case, & Catherine a key ring. Sam gave Laura Red Geranium scent – Catherine a small steel box with a blue agate top.
Karl took them to Ward to be photographed, then Laura took them for more shopping, then I saw them off to Wiltshire, in same carriage with Biddy Lloyd.
To Dentist for stopping that had come out.[RG]
Black rang up to apologise for contract affair. Norman to supper.
No more appetite for cigarettes.

Editorial Notes

1Station eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Wiltshire

    Wiltshire, England
    location of Sutton Veny, Nancy Nicholson's home with Geoffrey Phibbs eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Hutchinson, Ward
    Photographer. Contibuted to"Epilogue." W.G. R.G. often refers to "the Hutchinsons" (Ward & Dorothy) as a couple especially when they were staying on the island. 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.
  • Biddy

    Lloyd, Biddy
    step-sister of John Aldridge KG
  • Sam

    Graves, Samuel
    R.G.'s youngest child by Nancy Nicholson. C.P.& WG
  • Catherine

    Nicholson, Catherine
    Catherine Nicholson: (1922- ) third of four children of Robert Graves and Nancy Nicholson. eds.
  • Turner, Henry Watson
    Graves' dentist whose office was at 59, Wimpole Street; RG names him interchangeably: Turner-Watson, W. Turner, and Dentist eds.
  • Black

    associated with Graves' work with Alexander Korda eds.
  • Norman Cameron

    Cameron, Norman
    Poet. Built Can Torrent in 1932-1933. W.G.; m. to Elfriede, then to Catherine Vandervelde; friend and contributor to LR and RG's work eds.