Tuesday, 25 October 1864

Dark morning ― but no rain.

Dickenson, Underhill: ― at 10.30 ― in cab to City, & got my annual Dividends ― this year £115.0.0. Leaving £100 with Mr. Scott, I returned home, just in time to show Lady Hatherton & Lady Fanny Harcourt my pictures. After they went, I finished the Sir Walter James picture ― & touch it shall I no more.

At 2.30 to the City again to Scotts, & was only just in time at the Bank to “accept the Stock.” ―

Back ― & bought Inkstands & at Parkins & Gotto, & then back to Stratford Place ― arranging letters &c. &c. Reginald Cholmondeley came: & now I am going to dress.

The whole evening was remarkably delightful, being a pleasant & surprising mixture: only Miss Bromley ― affected & vain, I never could endure.

1864-10-25

Vastly pleasant.


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Monday, 24 October 1864

Rose at 6. Bright, gorgeous hues of foliage ― cold withal.

Wrote a letter or 2, ― & walked round the garden before 7.30. Breakfast ― with F. Riley, & Decie, ― & we 3 walked to Rail ― 8.13. ― Riley is a queer dry uninteresting cove, ― tho’ I dare say good Decie is both good & interesting. We 3 parted at Waterloo Station. ―― I found no letters from Corfû ―strange. Violently I set to work on unfinished bits of the Campagna picture ― & generally improved it. ― Arranged & attempted to pack a little, but at 1 ― went out. Met Lord Kirkenwall, to whom I only said, “I don’t like your book” & passed on: for I am always unable to say terse or sharp things. To Martins, & Lady Waldegrave’s, & to Drummond’s, where I drew out £17.0.0, & then, (having vainly tried to get a map of the Riviera,) I went to Days ―: Days had notrubbed off my drawings ― tho’ I wrote to them to do so in June. ― Returned, variously shopping ― by 5 ― & then called at Lady Hathertons, & at Emma Parkyns ― who is still very unwell. Home by 7. Dinner ― 7.30 ― μοναχῶς. Ἔπειτα ― arranged books & other matters till bed time.

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Sunday, 23 October 1864

Wet ― gray ― windy. Rose at 7. Wrote to Mr. Edwards ― Mrs. Robinson, & F.L. Breakfast ― 9.15. Pleasant. ――

At 11 ― walk with Riley, E. Wolstenholme, ― & S. Vincent, thro’ Richmond Park to the Star & Garter Terrace ― that loveliest of all lovely views. How many years since I came first here with R. Gale! ― (in 1834 I think. ―) A pleasant walk: we came back to Lunch; ― & afterwards, I talked first with one, then with t’other, till dusk, when Mr. Ball came ― (Botanist, & Alpine club traveler,) & we all were very merry ― singing to little Frank &c. Poor little Ruth is always very unwell.

1864-10-23

Dinner & evening most pleasant. There can be no kinder or more hospitable people than these.

Bed at 11.

(Inspector of Schools. “Who brought the message to the Virgin Mary?”
Little girl. “Garibaldi Sir!”
Inspector. Nonsense! Gabriel.)


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Saturday, 22 October 1864

Rose earlier. Worked at the Sir W. James Campagna ― improving it considerably till 2. ― Men putting up the screens for the unborn drawings: Cecil Lane came, & lunched ― & at 4.30 I went to Rail. Came to Barnes with Sir F. Doyle ― merrily piuttosto. Mrs. Prescott had sent the “Midge” ― so I was there by 6. ― Dinner & evening very pleasant. Immensely kind friendly people.

1864-10-22


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Friday, 21 October 1864

Fine ― ever. Rose latish. And all day long were interruptions ― Vincent & one of the Twin Lushingtons, ― S.W. Clowes & Mr. Okeover, ― Dickenson & a lot of men, who put up the 5th Cabinet, & 2 bits of side bookcases from 11 to 5. E. Baring & Straham, & Mrs. Bergmann, whom I could not see ― I am sorry to say. Did not go out at all.

At 7.15 ― came Godfrey L. ― who, I thought had been here today, ― but it was Vernon who came with Vincent. Before he went came E. Baring & G. Straham. But the dinner was woefully postponed, ― & when it came, (tho’ not bad,) was full of lapses & vacua.

1864-10-21

All today I have thought of sending things to Malta ― & being there 2 or 3 months. But now, I opine quite the contrary. Menton or Eastward of that, or [Paro], or Gibraltar.


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Thursday, 20 October 1864

Rose at 6. Certainly, in fine weather, few scenes in all England can beat Cadlands. ―

Breakfast at 7. Off in car at 7.30. Hythe ― 8. ― Rail 8.30 ― off ― 8.40. In Stratford Place by 11.30.

The Duke of Newcastle is dead..

O! life of sorrow & labour! at last finished. ― E ― “la Susanna!”?

At home found the Athens things, & took out the Rettimo & other carpets ―.

Lunch. ― And at 3 called on Evelyn Baring ― whom I saw, & asked him to dine tomorrow. Then went a searching for a Pedestal writing table ― & found one for £9.0.0 ― To Foords ― & back, (having left a note to ask G. Straham also ―) by 6.30. ―

Dined μοναχῶς, & bad before 10. tired.


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Wednesday, 19 October 1864

Lovely ― early. ― all the rest of the day ― cloudy ― calm, warm[.]

Rose at 6.15 ― most surprising gorgeous flower & lawn & wood scenery!! ― wrote to Lady Simeon, ― Daddy Hunt &c. ― Letters from C.F. ― irritated by my last note, but kindly ― which I replied to: & from Mrs. G.C. ― sad enough about H. Mildmay. ――

Walked a little before breakfast. Breakfast pleasant, ἔτζι κ’ ἔτζι. Looked at house with E.A.D. ― & then walk in grounds & park ― beautiful ― to the sea: so to Dairy, Kitchen Garden &c. &c., home, & saw various rooms & the top of the house. Lunch: plain, unshowy folk. Afterwards, at 3.30 ― E. & I walked by a common ― very beautiful, to the Cottage ― by the sea, & so by Pine-woods to Eaglehurst, & home by 6.30 ― dark. I had no idea of the beauty of the scenery nor of the magnificence of Cadlands. ―

Ordered Fly for tomorrow, & dressed.

1864-10-19

Evening ― some not good singing: & I tried but, really could not sing to such a piano.

Bed at 11. Hospitable kindly folk, & very thorough well-bred. Edgar is an A 1 man.

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