DATE July 17th 1928
PLACE London & environs
Today we went to Hampton Court & never in my life have I seen more beautiful gardens. They were perfect of the reign of Henry VIII.
Then we went to Windsor which is the most beautiful castle in the world. The paintings are exquisite one room of Rubens & one of Van Dyke The environs are beautiful too. We ate at the Kings Head Lunch room which was built in 1525 and is known as the haunted room. Visited Stokes Poges where Gray’s elegy was written.
DATE July 18th 1928
PLACE Shakespeare Country
Today to Shakespeare country and all the place near by. We saw Shakespeares birth place Anne Hathaway’s cottage & His final resting place. There were all very full of historic interest. Went to Warwick castle which is surrealy situated on a hill with long walls leading to it. Paintings are beautiful & very well chosen. This castle was built in the 14th century.
ON THIS DAY
José de León Toral assassinated Álvaro Obregón, president of Mexico.
Here’s a recital of Thomas Gray’s poem from Robert Nichol Audio Productions.
[sic] Although Vincent misspells words in his journal, we have kept them as he wrote them.