July 12 Monday

Wrote out the prose account of my poems in a fairly final draft.
Laura got rooms for Alan & Karl, who arrived & spent the day with us, Karl immediately getting busy on papering drawers repairing & hanging pictures etc.
Heavy weather.
Oman's History of Art of War in Mid. Ages1 and Moss's Birth of Middle Ages2 arrived.
Reading Greville again (still).
Laura got a ½ Persian kitten (no name yet) and spent most of the day training it.
I get easily tired but cannot be idle easily so took peas & gooseberries to my bedroom to top & tail, & shell

Editorial Notes

1 A History of the Art of War in the Middle Ages by Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1924. eds.
2 The Birth of the Middle Ages, 395-814 by Henri St. Lawrence Beaufort Moss. London: H. Milford, 1935. eds.

Hands Referenced

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

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