Feb 1 Monday

Letter from Deyá asking for money [sic: mony]: war taxes, p[RG] instalment on Can Mado, no income from cars, men work[RG] Amador's wages. Another draft of the poem: now called Big-head.
Jenny came up to Town: in a place at 15 Basil St. She lunched with Karl. We gave her her new ring.
John & Lucie all day. John gave me a watercolour of the Place garden & Lucie gave Laura a small Bristol glass scent bottle & I them some 14 Bristol marbles: & introduced Lucy to 'my friend' Mr Mills for clasps.
With Jenny to Green-Armytage who hopes to give her a clean bill of health on Wednesday & to a blood test opposite at 6 Harley St. G.A. gave Jenny good advice about men & about nursing homes. Goodbye to John & Lucy. Epilogue; & checking Dictionary. Bed at 2.15 as usual these days.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Deyá

    Deyá, Majorca, Sp
    Town located on the northwest coast of Majorca, on the hillside between the Teix Mountains and the sea: this was RG's home with Laura Riding from 1929 to 1936. He returned there with his family after WW II. Eds.
  • Ca'n Madó

    Majorca, Sp
    Old flour mill, on the road to Palma, converted into a hydro-electric plant by Gelat. Laura bought him a generator. Part of the orchard was bought by LR & RG. WG
  • Basil Street

    Kensington & Chelsea, London, England
  • Great Bardfield

    Great Bardfield, Essex, UK
    Home of John Aldridge and Lucy Brown at "The Place" RG, WPG 249-50
  • Harley Street

    Westminster, London, England

People Mentioned

  • Amador

    Gelat's right hand man. Drove the bus. WG; also Gelat's chauffeur KG
  • Jenny

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

    Aldridge, John
    (1905-1983), painter and close friend and collaborator. WG m. to Lucie Brown 1940 eds.
  • Lucie

    Brown, Lucie
    Married artist John Aldridge. eds.
  • Laura

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

    Mills, Mr.
    an antique seller and friend of RG, and contributor to the Covenant of Literary Morality eds.; of Paddington Street, Marylebone KG
  • Green-Armitage

    Green-Armytage, Dr.
    Jenny Nicholson's doctor at Belleville hospital eds.


    • Title: The Park Railings [poem; later "Big Head." Not traced. Apparently not published. DW]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • Date: 1936-11-30
    • Title: Epilogue III
    • Editor: Riding, Laura/ Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: Deyá & London
    • Publisher: Seizin & Constable
    • Date: 1937
    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935