News of sinking of Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy (12,000 tons each) by submarine or submarines, startled me in the middle of my work this afternoon. I thought: Suppose all our fleet sunk in this way? But then I thought: We have twice as many submarines as Germany, and the trick ought to work both ways. Nothing in the war yet has affected me like this news, of which no details to hand. Thursday I contemplated an article about terms of peace to be imposed on Germany.
Additionally for September 22nd., see 'Authorial anxieties' - http://earnoldbennett.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/authorial-anxieties.html
"Clayhanger" was published in England on September 15th. In U.S.A. publication is delayed about a fortnight.