July 15 Thursday.

In the car to Guildford1.
Bought 2 Staffordshire jugs for Philip's wedding present, & a pair of pinchbeck earrings for Laura, 5/-2. Also putters & golf balls at Woolworths.
Heavy weather, rain in evening.
10 pp [pages] of Ghost ch [chapter] VII.
Smiths Dictionary of Bible3, Christian Biography4, Christian Antiquities5 – 10 huge volumes, & Milman's Latin Xianity [Christianity]6 in 8 vols [volumes] came, Procopius7 in 6. (one to follow). Reading Procopius8.
¿ How to deal with the ineluctable mauve carpet & the irremediable yellow-brown fire-place tiles?

Editorial Notes

1 Harry Kemp did the driving; Guildford the nearest big town KG
25 shillings eds.
3 A Dictionary of the Bible by Sir William Smith. London: J. Murray, 1860. eds.
4 A Dictionary of Christian Biography, Literature, Sects and Doctrines by Sir William George Smithand Henry Wace. London: J. Murray, c.1877-87. eds
5 A Dictionary of Christian Antiquity by Sir William Smith and Samuel Cheetham. Hartford: J.B. Burr Pub. Co., 1880. eds.
6 History of Latin Christianity by Henry Hart Milman. London: J. Murray, 1854. eds.
7i.e.The Secret History of Procopius by Procopius, of Caesarea. New York: Covici Fiede, 1934. eds.
8i.e.The Secret History of Procopius by Procopius, of Caesarea. New York: Covici Fiede, 1934. eds.

Hands Referenced

Places Mentioned

  • Guildford

    Guildford, Surrey, England

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Graves, Philip
    R.G.'s half brother. WG
  • Harry Kemp

    Kemp, Harry
    Poet. Met Graves and Riding through James Reeves in August 1936, just after their arrival in England. In their previous correspondence, Riding had been intrigued by his falling-out with Communism. He became associated with their circle, collaborating on various projects. (RPG 248-49)


    • Title: The Swiss Ghost [formerly The Kind Ghost] [novel]
    • Author: Graves, Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1937-04-22