Monday, 31 October 1864

Rose at 6.30. Very fine ― cold. Breakfast alone ― & to rail at 7.30. Stratford Place by 10. Paid young Underhill £2.10.0 for his work: a good Lad.

John Leech is dead. ―――

Went out to get a hat ― brushes ― Bradshaw &, ― coming back met Sir Henry Storks. Went out again about Drummond’s Circular notes. Returned to pack ― pack ― pack, ― & paper up all things ― till 6. When I am going to the Digby Wyatts’.

The weather has become intensely cold all of a sudden, ― & I feel miserable accordingly.

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Somehow ― I was sad  sleepy.

At 11. I came away, cab home.

Letter from C.F. who has returned.


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Sunday, 30 October 1864

Exceedingly dark ― gray ―dull ― coldish ― dry.

Breakfast at 8.30. Walk in garden with B.H. From 10.30 ― to 12.30. overlooked memoranda & wrote some letters. ―

Lunch. Read papers. & at 2 walk with Bern H.H. to beyond the Race course ― a little rain. Back at 4.30 ― & sleep till 5.30. Dinner at 6.

Roger, brother of F. North is mad at Firenze, & as Catharine N. is to be married next week, this is a misery. Someone has to go out to bring him home with 2 keepers ― either Currie or Bern: ― for many reasons, Bern is best. And it is possible we 2 may go as far as Marseilles together.

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Bed at 11.

Nicholson is the “new partner” here.


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Saturday, 29 October 1864

Dark ― cold. Rose at 7. Wrote till 9. ― alas!

Alas! ― those long prayers! ― Breakfast. Miss Hardings is a “clever woman.” The delight of all in the Campagna picture greatly refreshes me. Sate talking & singing with Lady J. ― & Miss H. till 11. ― then, left all those kind people, & came, in a dog cart, to Sandwich.

Rail to Ashford ― change & bother ― & so to Hastings by 1.40. Walked to 4. High Street, & found poor Sarah & Mr. S. ― the happy ― finishing dinner. They made me eat 2 very good mutton chops ― & were very kind & pleasant.

We set out all 3 ― up the Croft Lane, & over the hill, ― & then poor dear Mr. S. who is greatly aged ― went back: a kindly really good man. S. & I came on to the Rail ― how sad & hard is her life now, whose seemed so bright! We parted at the rail station. ――――――――

Rail to Lewes ― arriving at 5.30 ― but no porters or flies, ― & it was long before I could get my trunk to Hunts.

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Mrs. Hunt was at Torquay ― which for my own sake, I am sorry for.

Most pleasant evening. ―


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Friday, 28 October 1864

Rose at 7 ― diminishing objects by packing.

Letters from Daddy Hunt, Mrs. Bergmann &c.

At 10 ― to Rail. (H.R.H. P. Alfred going to Dover ― he looks a smart, but not strong youth: alive to observation ― courteous &c.) at Sandwich by 1.40, & lunch at a little Inn ― (Lord Warden) while a Fly was made ready. Boy in a fit: fits always sorrow & worry me strangely, ― from child ― recollections of poor Jane.

Set off in Fly ― passing the Campagna picture in its case on a cart half way, & finding Dickenson at Betteshanger putting up the picture=nails. Lady James came in, & we got it up before Sir Walter came in. They were delighted at it & with it. Walk with Sir W.J. ― & then talk, till dressing time.

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Very pleasant. Evening ― singing.


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Thursday, 27 October 1864

Dry ― gray ― lighter. Tired, & not well all day.

Continual pokering.

Mrs. Robinson & Miss Louis came ― before the pictures went away, which they did at 1. Then W. Lushington came, & Archibal Peel ― & Mr. Morier, who ages greatly.

Packed & arranged till 6 ― horridly tired. ―

7.45 ― to 61. Eaton Place.

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Evening pleasant as ever here ― but room too hot.

home by 11.


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Wednesday, 26 October 1864

Very dark at times ― but dry.

Underhill
Dickenson,
Chevalier Dos Santos,
Miss Julia Goldsmid,
Mrs. Naylor,
Evelyn Baring,
Mrs. Henry Baring,
Mrs. Prescott
A. Glennie ―

These were among the interruptions of the day. As for me, when able, ― I worked at dividing & selecting drawings ― & making 4 little sketches of Carlo ― Miss Louis’s dog, ― for her. Did not go out.

At 7.30, came Glennie & J. Uwins ―

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and a most pleasant evening it was: “vastly ― vastly” so. It was nearly 12 before they went. Glennie is little altered, tho’ he must be 64 or 65: but Giacomo Uwins has a white beard.

“O come passano i dì ― felici!”


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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.

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Vastly pleasant.


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