Sept 9 Thursday.

To Cranleigh by bus & back in morning[RG] to be examined by Dr. Cameron on behalf of the Scottish Provident Insurance Co: he took all the usual tests & gave me a clean bill. Said I had a low blood pressure, which accounted for occasional giddiness I get from standing but had no physical ill-advantages. My lungs are perfectly normal. I weighed just under 14 st [stone]1.[RG]
8 pp [pages] of Belisarius Ch [Chapter] 8 (but I may put it back into Ch [Chapter] 7) and then 6 more pp [pages].
Harry & Alix will not return till [until] Saturday.
It rained most of the day: first time for weeks, it seems.
Electric heater needed, first time for weeks, also.
Going over Ch [Chapter] II of The Ghost with Laura: who has begun dictating the Smuggler to Karl.

Editorial Notes

1one stone equals 14 pounds eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Cranleigh

    Cranleigh, Surrey, England
    town closest to Ewhurst KG

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Kemp, Alix
    Married to poet Harry Kemp. The couple shared a house with Graves and Riding in Ewhurst, Surrey (1937). eds (RPG 277); also referred to as Frau Eierman by RG eds. see Diary August 30, 1936

Organizations Mentioned

  • Scottish Provident Insurance Co.

    Scottish Provident Insurance Co.
    Life Insurance and Healthcare organization in U.K. eds.


    • Title: Smuggler Scenario [projected screenplay for a Korda film RPG]
    • Author: Graves, Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1937-08-26
    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21
    • Title: The Swiss Ghost [formerly The Kind Ghost] [novel]
    • Author: Graves, Robert/ Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1937-04-22