Oct 20 Wednesday

To London in car with Harry & Laura.
Saw 2 flats: one belonging to Mrs Pembroke Stevens (war correspondent1) opposite N. [North] gate of Zoo, one to Wing Commander Gayford at 31 Alma Square. Decided on return (talking[RG] late at night) on latter.
Alan with us all day: lunch at Zoo: saw gorill.[RG] orang-utang being teased; & dromedary being taught to dance by man who gave it oranges.
Six steel buttons from Mr. Mills for 3/-2.
Fog patches on way back.
Alan thinking of marrying Beryl.
Margaret Russell has given notice to the Woods3.

Editorial Notes

1Spanish Civil War correspondent for the Daily Telegraph KG
23 shillings
3her employers eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • London

  • Alma Square

    London, Westminster, England
    Between Maida Vale and Abbey Road; R.G. & L.R. lived there in the winter of 1937. eds

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)
  • Alan

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

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

    Pritchard, Beryl
    daughter of Harry and Amy Pritchard, R.G.'s second wife. Formerly married to Alan Hodge. Robert and Beryl had four children: William, Lucia, Juan and Tomas. eds
  • Wing Commander Gayford

    Gayford, Commander
    (1893-1944), Wing Commander for British Royal Air Force. L.R. and R.G.'s landlord in Alma Square, London (Nov. 1937 - June 1938). eds.
  • Margaret

    Russell, Margaret
    House-keeper L.R. & R.G. had had in London. WG


    • Title: Daily Telegraph
    • PubPlace: London
    • Date: 1856-1936