By Anna Clutterbuck-Cook, Reader Services
Today we return to the 1917 diary of Gertrude Codman Carter. You may read the previous entries here:
October 1917 is a lean month in Gertrude’s records, possibly because of Gilbert Carter’s return home from his long absence while Gertrude was relocating the family to Ilaro. After a final, hurried day of preparation on October 1st, Gilbert and Wickham — the household servant who had traveled with him — arrive and are greeted in fine style by a “grand gala festival.”
The sketch of her son, pasted over the entry for October 28th, has a faint inscription that seems to indicate that the drawing was made on the day of the visit to the photographer — an inference supported by the fact that John appears to be wearing the same outfit as he wore in the photograph pasted into the September pages of the diary.
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Paid servants & rushed on with G’s room. Mickey & I moved books, put up curtains, laid down mats.
Gilbert (and Wickham) arrived.
Grand gala festival.
Mr. Soelyn came up & witnessed my will.
Sketch of John
G & I dined with Sir F. & Lady Clarke at the Crane. Festive occasion.
Tea at the Challums. Laddy drove Mrs Gregg out & me in. 9 the [illegible].
We went to Bleak House.
4.15 Miss Burton stonework.
All Hallow’e’en Fete at the MacClaren’s
Fete in red [illegible.]
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