Nov 23 Tuesday.

Silver & dark mother-of-pearl necklace with brooch & cross 22/61. assorted clasps 4/-. Hester Bateman salt-cellars, pair, & pair of spoons £5.5. Curtains 17/- (chintz & one for use as dress material in mauve blue black) Bristol necklace 2/-, brown lustre beads 6d, Worcester plates for Alan 1/-, box of false guineas 2/6, miniature dominoes 7/6, silver chain 7/6, silver thimble & brooch 2/6, coral-&-pinchbeck necklace & pinchbeck bracelet 12/-. Met Ward there.[RG]
On return fitted clasps to the ivory tusk & amber necklace & bracelets, to the Bristol beads, to a brown & silver lustre necklace I strung.
Alix & Harry to Bow street with Laura & back to tea. David Reeves came: he thinks of getting a job with Kit Nicholson.
Belisarius 7 pp [pages], finishing Ch [Chapter] XX
Alan's letter turned down by Nowell Smith2 in absence of Sir Bruce as too controversial (¿anything to do with Auden getting the King's Medal?)
He said: 'Now if it had been Edith Sitwell3!..'
Maisie to supper & talked till [until] 2.15.

Editorial Notes

122 shillings, sixpence eds.
2Simon Harcourt Nowell-Smith (1909-1996), journalist and critic with T.L.S. KG
3Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) British poet, critic and biographer eds.

Hands Referenced

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

Places Mentioned

  • Caledonian Market

    London, England
  • Bow Street

    Westminster, London, England
    location of police station where LR undertook her "alien registration" KG, eds.

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
  • Bruce Richmond

    Richmond, Bruce
    (1871-1964), journal editor; editor of Times Literary Supplement KG
  • Auden

    Auden, W.H.
    British poet (1907-1973). R.G. disliked. eds
  • Maisie

    Sommerville, Maisie
    Head of BBC Education broadcasting department. Friend of R.G. and L.R. Arranged accomodation for them when they returned to London as exiles. W.G., 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)
  • Ward

    Hutchinson, Ward
    Photographer. Contibuted to"Epilogue." W.G. R.G. often refers to "the Hutchinsons" (Ward & Dorothy) as a couple especially when they were staying on the island. eds.
  • David Reeves

    Reeves, David
    Brother of James Reeves [and Ethel Herdman] RPG 292.

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
    • Title: Times Literary Supplement
    • PubPlace: London
    • Publisher: Times London
    • Date: 1902-1968