Enclosure – Postcard to RG from David Graves

Robert Graves, Esq. [Esquire],
31, Alma Square,
N.W. [North Way]8
Dr [Dear] R & L,
Am in Florence1– been here 3 days & Paris 3 days. Going to ×××× in 3 days. So far have had marvellous time; Italy more enjoyable than France. Lovely people; & amiable too. French ×××× [indecipherable] & nondescript. Horrid ×××× round in Paris but Concorde, ×××× etc up to expectation. Love wide boulevards & trees (now out) & fountains. Stayed in Latin quarter by Pont Neuf. Went through ××××, but didn't matter. Called on Fayard2 ×××× Reeves.3 F [Fayard] was away, R [Reeves] in Nice4 but rather uninteresting. Called on Bottrall in Fiesole5. Pleasant and amusing. Nicest country I've ever been in. My partner6 has come across 7 people up at Oxford with him, ×××× at C. Church, all except 2 wandering about by themselves.
Have not been round galleries – spend most of time walking round city & looking at it from various hills. People v. poor, but clean, healthy & beautiful. No slums in the English sense.
Returning in a week or two.
P.S. [Post Script] Shall be returning to Florence in[DG] ×××× [crossed out]

Editorial Notes

1Italy eds.
2Jean Fayard, French author eds.
3Reeves? May be related to James Reeves: possibly his brother David? eds
4France eds.
5Italy eds.
6Michael Marks, colleague of DG, see 21 March, 1938 Diary entry eds.

Hands Referenced

    • Annotation: ink correction of enclosure letter
    • Character: regular
    • Ink: black

Places Mentioned

  • Alma Square

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

    Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
    One of the colleges at Oxford University. eds.
  • Paris

  • Oxford

    home of Oxford University eds.

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Graves, David
    R.G.'s second child [by Nancy Nicholson]. W.G. In RAF; killed in the war. The only one of Graves' children who might have become a poet had he lived. K.G., eds.
  • Bottrall

    Bottrall, Ronald
    poet KG; married to Margaret Bottrall, writer and editor eds.
  • Robert

    Graves, Robert
    [1st person]. (1895-1985). Poet, novelist, essayist, critic, and author of his diary. eds.
  • James

    Reeves, James
    Schoolmaster, writer and Poet. Friend of Jacob Bronowski. W.G./ K.G.; m. to Mary Phillips; daughter Stella born June 14, 1938 eds.
  • David Reeves

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

Organizations Mentioned

  • Editors

    Editors of the Graves Diary Project.