Wednesday, 1 June 1864

Rose at 4, & by 5.30 was in the Oriente, & off at 7.30 ― or 45 ― or 8.

 At Hotel in Piræus, 5.30. No trouble in landing. No decent room to be had. Sent G. to Athens for letters. Walked to the top of the fortress of Munichia, very perfect & splendid views of Athens & Piræus. Came back, & called on Collas, with whom, over a bottle of beer, talked of Kokalidom. A good sort of fellow. Dawdled on the quay (what sunset color!! ― & why unknown in Crete?) till 7.30, then found my room intolerable from stinx of 3 months unlooked at Chamberpots. ― G. came. Post shut. We agree that it is best to suffer here for a night, so I wash, & at 8.30. have supper. Ossifers of the Gibraltar came & play at billcards, & after they go ― one talks to me. The room ― 10.30 ― is made very tolerably decent, ― & G. has come back from his people, & I shall sleep as best I can. X


[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]

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