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Journal, 30 June 1928-3 Apr. 1929 (first three days written retrospectively)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9852/1/28

Scope and Contents

The volume is a ruled notebook marked '1928-II', mostly comprising diary entries.

It also includes:

- a note of the sales figures of 'Memoirs': /133r.

- 'Names from a hospital subscription list': /136v.

- prose passages: /129v-130v. 'Comic History of an Author'; /137v. Untitled, begins 'Sauntering in the sultry summer dusk'; /131v. 'A maxim learned from Hardy'.

- drafts of poetry: /132r-132v. 'A note of Interrogation'; /135r. 'Invitation of Elinor Wylie'; /138r. Untitled, begins 'And so no force however great'.

- sketches and doodles: /104r. Bells either side of the text 'Ring in the New', 31 December, 1928; /115v. A diamond pendant given to Stephan Tennant by Sassoon.

- quotations: /134v. Carlisle, 'For the monument of Rose. A favourite Spaniel'; /135r-138r. Reporting snippets of conversation; /138r. Epstein, 'dark red rose against bronze bust'.

- acquaintances' contact details: /2r.

- a list of monies spent or gifted: /133v-134r.

- a list of locations of nights spent away from home: /1v.

- pasted in photographs: /Front cover inside. Sassoon seated on a table with 'Nannie' seated in a wicker chair, and Stephan Tennant on a wicker sun lounger; both taken at Haus Hirth, 8 September 1928; /1r. Sassoon and Tennant in front of the Palace of Versailles, November 1928.

- pasted in press cuttings: /28v. 'Privileged Friendship' Viscount Grey re Lord Haldene; /85v-86r. 'Sudden Death of Viscountess Grey'; /124v. Announcement of the death of Frances Sarah Donaldson; /136v. Announcement of the death of Sextus Furlonger.

N.B. Enclosure is to be found in a separate envelope. The foliation is the archivist's.


  • 30 June 1928-3 Apr. 1929 (first three days written retrospectively)

Conditions Governing Access

The First World War journals and some post-war journals (MSS Add.9852/1/4-25 and 32) are unavailable for consultation due to their poor physical condition. Digital copies of these items are provided in the Sassoon Journals section of the Cambridge Digital Library, The other journals are available for consultation.


1 collection (1 volume (maroon card covers, patterned endpapers, elasticated tie, 138 ff.); 1 envelope paper; photograph)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The binding is cracked. Edge tear on folio /113r (40mm).

Related Materials

For a transcript of this diary by Rupert Hart-Davis, see MS Add.9852/12/7/1/5.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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