Jan 7 Sat.

Dictionary. Got a swollen knee.[RG]
Montague arrived. Brought presents from Mr. Mills: a silver sealing-wax (early Georgian)-holder with emerald seal at one end QUATUOR OPTIMA 1 with a cock on a cock of hay beside a water-cock and a match-lock cock?[RG] and on the other a silver seal with a prophet, an angel & the name Isaac Low Beer. Also beads; steel earrings for Laura & the marbles from Mary Fuller – rather dull ones. Gave some of them to Lucienne.
A cake for Montague with his name on. He had trouble at the customs bringing in a block of mahogany for Dorothy. The Massa Montague legend got added to: he tried to get his buggy with the red spoked wheels past the Frenchie customs & they said 'Massa Montague, what am dose red-spoked wheels[RG]? Ain't dey revolutionary contraband?' Massa Montague he said: "No, no, Mr. Customsman, dem's only red-spoked wheels."

Editorial Notes

1 "Four of the Best" KG

Hands Referenced

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

People Mentioned

  • Laura

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

    Simmons, Dorothy
    Sculptor associated with the Graves-Riding inner circle (1938-39). Married to Montague Simmons. eds
  • Lucienne

    daughter of Léonie, a girl working at La Chevrie eds.
  • Montague Simmonds

    Simmons, Montague
    poet, and civil servant in the children's branch of the Home Office; m. to Dorothy Simmons, the sculptress RPG
  • Mills

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

    Fuller, William
    lawyer and researcher for Antigua Penny Puce KG; m. to Mary Fuller eds.


    • Title: Dictionary [projected project; unfinished]
    • Author: Riding, Laura
    • Date: 1935