Thursday, 16 March 1865

Same weather all day ― but not cold. At 5 it became clear ― & if tomorrow is good, I shall go to Cannes.

Worked all day at coloring Corniche drawings, the 1st 50 are done ― & 25 more commenced.

Called at the Deakins, & heard part of a letter from Mrs. Caldwell ― that Lady Herbert Mrs. Cunningham, & the Duchess of Neweasth have all “gone over” to Rome. ―― (Will (Lady J.F.W.?)).

Took watch to be mended & regulated.

Dined at 6.30 ― penned out till 9.30. Heard G. read. ―

Slowish life. No one came, & no letters.


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Wednesday, 15 March 1865

Rose late ― i.e. 7.15. ― My watch stops continually so we take no note of time. Morning utterly gray & snowy-looking: all things odious.

No letter from Νικόλα Κοκάλι ― disagreable.

Worked at colouring 40 drawings of the penned out Corniche set. But at 10.30 ― went to get a note changed ― for I really had not enough ready tin to go to Cannes even had the weather been fine. ―

As Higgins had gone away to Sardinia, there was some difficulty but finally I got 20£. Next I bought some fig-tree & olive cups ― &c. &c. ― for Mrs. Hunt & self. Weather ― peculiar odious. ―

Home ― & worked at colouring those 40 drawings till about 4 ― when, going out, fell in with old Mr. Lyon ― & called there on the Deakins’, whom I persuaded to come out. The dresses of the women on the Parade were wonderful truly ― us disgusting.

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The Deakins went with me up to Carabacel ―: I called at the Hotel de Nice on Mrs. Bayly ― Stephen Cane’s sister a really nice woman ― (with a sweet little daughter,)

1865-03-15bHome at 6.20. Gloomy ― but not cold.

Dined on Maccaroni & very wonderful curry. ―

Poor G. said nothing but, κατιτί πρέπει νὰ ἤχει γένει[1] ― when no letter came.

Heard him read. ― Penned out till 10 ― 10.30. Little hope for Cannes tomorrow.

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[1] Something must have happened (NB).


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Tuesday, 14 March 1865

Cloudy early ― & colder afterwards, ― a thoroughly disagreable chilly day.

Rose at 6.30 ― & worked before breakfast at the last 20 of the 4th process.

Breakfast ― & then letters from Gussie ― (who is at Rome,) J.B. Harford ― very kindly ―: & Mrs. Digby-Wyatt ― delightful.

Wrote to J.B.H. & to Fairbairn (enclosing one to Daddy, ―) & to W. Lushington, ― & later to Mrs. Digby-Wyatt.

Worked off & on, but unwell & chilly ― till 5: ― finishing more or less the 4th process of the 160 Tyrants.

Nearly at 5 came Mr. Frankland & Lady De Kos, Mr. Frankland choosing a Nice drawing as a wedding present to Swinton & Miss De Kos. ― quaint.

I had written to J.B.H. that I would come if possible & breakfast there tomorrow: ― but the weather is very nasty & cloudy & cold. At 5.30 ― posted letters, & ‘left a card’ ― & also my long name at the Φιτζουίλλιαμς. Returned to dine at 6.30[.]

Angry at finding I had only 3fr. & G. 1 ― so that the Cannes journey is knocked up, it seems me. Penned out till 10. ―

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Monday, 13 March 1865

Bright, & very considerably cold all day.

Rose at 6.30. ―

Worked 1½ hours before breakfast, & 7 afterwards ― & 2 at night: pretty well.

Got through4th process of 20 more of the 160 Tyrants ― of which only 20 are still left for said 4th process.

Sent letters to
S.W. Clowes
T. Cooper (enclosing one to Dickenson ―)
W.G. Clark,
& Mrs. W. Prescott.

At 5.30 ― walked out: very cold & bright.

Met Lord & Lady Fitzwilliam ― Lord F. goes to England tomorrow. ――――

Called on Mrs. Beaumont ― out[.]

Home by 6.30 ― & dinner.

G. says he had a bad toothache last night, so one was “judging” wrongly. Good dinner of Maccaroni & cold mutton.

Heard G. read, & penned out till 10.20. ―


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Sunday, 12 March 1865

G. woke me at 5, but only to say ― [“]Ἀς μὴ πάμε ἐχεῖ, διότι βρέχει, κὶ δὲν εἶναι καθαρός ὁ καιρὸς.”[1]

So I gave up all idea of going out, & slept till 8. After breakfast, letters from Julia Goldsmid, & Ellen; the first pleasant, the second much annoyed by Richard B.’s continued persecutions. ― Wrote to ^[during the day]

Ellen
T. Cooper
S.W. Clowes.
W.G. Clark,
Mrs. H.J. Bruce

Colored partly a few of the Corniche drawings ― & at 1. went to Mr. Lyons & lunched. A tedious good sort of gossip ― Τὶ ζωή τρέχωσι αὐτο![2]

At 3, could not “bring myself” to go to church, so walked slowly to the “Orangine” ― but the narrow walled lanes & passing omnibuses & carriages greatly bothered & fritted me, nor did the views from the beclosed-up hills atone in any way.

When I came back at 6, G. was out, but soon returned, & at 6.45. dinner ―

G. seemed unwell ― but how can one tell, or what allowances should one but make for men so placed?

Wrote all the evening.


[1] Let us not go there, because it is raining and the weather is not clear (NB).

[2] What a life they lead!


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Saturday, 11 March 1865

Rose at 6.30, at work by 7.15. ― very fine, but clouded at noon, & at 3 or 4 rained! ― Wind & rain till 5 ― when it cleared again ― but I fancy there is no chance of a fine day tomorrow.

Worked for 9 hours at the 160 Tyrants ― going over yet another twenty for the 4th time: ― [pretty] toil !

Still there are 40 more to go over this.

Went out at 5.30 ― & toddled up & down till 6.30.

Dined. The mutton underdone to G.’s dismay.

Penned out Nice drawings till 10.30 ― so ― 11. & a half hours work!

This day 4 years ago ― died my dearest sister Ann ― who is still as it were yet living: so plainly do I see her, & so clearly hear her voice.

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Friday, 10 March 1865

Quite lovely all day ― blowing ― bright, clear, & not cold. ― Rose at 6 or 6.15 ― &was at work by 7. ― thence till 9 ― ― & from 10 ― to 5 ― & from 8 to 10 ― eleven hours in all, ― & I say this won’t do: you will have all sorts of illness. So, at all hazards give it up.

Only letter ― from Mr. Frankland ― wishing for a drawing ― to give Swinton on his marriage with Lady De Kos’s daughter.

Indigestion & misery ―

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At 5.30 ― went to Dr. Deakin’s & sat there till 6. One turn on the Promenade ― & back at 6.35 to dine.

Penned out from 8 to 10, beginning the Nice drawings.

Looked at G.’s writing ― & bed at 10.30.


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