9th September 1944
Up early, excellent night. Lovely cool day.
In office until nearly 2, then out to the Library and to Holly Trees. Poulter very low and depressed. He is due to retire next year, and views the future with gloom and foreboding. In view of his great services to the Museum he ought to be allowed to remain in the Holly Trees rooms until he dies. Poulter was permitted to stay at Hollytrees and remained there until his death in 1962.
To Boxted at 4.15pm, saw the new people who are coming into Woodside, then rushed to get to the Post at 5. On the way, round by the “Queen’s”, noticed one or two pessimists who are not impressed by the cheerful views of the newspapers – they are only now putting up air-raid shelters.
Dull evening on the Post, nothing about, then back to Woodside for supper. Bed at 11, reading happily for an hour.