It just occurred to me to wonder whether the fall of Paris means the end of the Albatross Library, as I suppose it does. If so, I am £30 to the bad. It seems incredible that people still attach any importance to long-term contracts, stocks and shares, insurance policies etc. in such times as these. The sensible thing to do now would be to borrow money right and left and buy solid goods. A short while back E. made enquiries about the hire-purchase terms for sewing machines and found they had agreements stretching over two and a half years.
P.W. related that Unity Mitford, besides having tried to shoot herself while in Germany, is going to have a baby. Whereupon a little man with a creased face, whose name I forget, exclaimed, “The Fuehrer wouldn’t do such a thing!”
 Orwell had signed the contract for publication of Coming Up For Air just three days before war broke out; the book remained unpublished by Albatross.
 Victor William (Peter) Watson (1908-1956), a rich young man who, after much travel, decided, about 1939, to devote his life to the arts, was co-founder with his friend Cyril Connolly of the magazine Horizon, which he financed and also provided all the materials for the art section. In 1948 he was one of the founders of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. He was always an admirer of Orwell’s writing. See Michael Shelden, Friends of Promise: Cyril Connolly and the World of “Horizon” (1989).
 The Hon. Unity Valkyrie Mitford (1914-1948), fourth daughter of the second Lord Redesdale, was, from 1934, when she first met Hitler, his admirer. In January 1940 she was brought to England from Germany suffering from bullet wounds in the head. Thereafter she lived in retirement. Peter Davison