Nov 19 Friday

2 pp [pages] Belisarius.[RG]
This is by far the best place we have been in since we left Deyá.
To Caledonian Market & bought all sorts of things for Alan's mad flat – a Polish battle picture 1/6d1 [RG] plate[RG], blue bedspread 4/-, green baize 1/6, set of six blue plates & soup plates 1/9, map of China (17th cent. [century]) & of Near East 3/6 each & frames for them 6d2 & 3/6d, a china[RG] ship 1/6, a lustre cream jug 3/6, a solitaire board 4/- butter-dish 2d – also a Dutch flower mug-jug 3/6 for Marie – and for ourselves a W[RG] lustre saucer for a pot of cyclamen 6d, a map of Balearics 16th cent. [century] 3/6, four H.B. teaspoons for our set 10/- each, a silver sherry label (HB) 15/-, a frame for Sheldonian picture 6d. Harry & Alix [RG] took us & Alix in the car[RG] and there was some hesitation about a writing table for Alix which someone else bought.
In the house electricians, glazier; the Spanish chest & Laura's wardrobe came.
To Charing + to see Roz: Jim trying to boss her in a brutal way & making a mess of things for her. Saw Betty Cadness, the pathologist there.
A walk with Laura after supper.
To bed at 2 o'clock after work.

Editorial Notes

11 shilling, sixpence eds.
2sixpence eds.

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.
  • Caledonian Market

    London, England
  • Baleares

    Balearic Islands, Spain
    Region of Spain that includes the Balearic Islands. Majorca is one of those Islands. eds.
  • Charing Cross

    London, England

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
  • Marie

    Goldschmidt, Marie
    Karl Goldschmidt's first wife. RPG 280-81. The couple met when Marie was employed as domestic help at Ewhurst (summer 1937). eds.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Ros

    Cooper, Rosaleen Dr.
    Dr. Rosaleen Cooper, R.G.'s sister. W.G.; husband Jim, sons Dan, Roger & Paul RPG.
  • Jim

    Cooper, Jim
    RG's brother-in-law, married to Ros, son Roger eds.

Organizations Mentioned

  • Hester Bateman

    Hester Bateman
    brand name silversmith eds.


    • Title: Count Belisarius [1938]
    • Author: Graves, Robert
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Cassell
    • Idno: A47
    • Date: 1937-07-21