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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Thursday, 9 March 1865

Cloudy early ― but fine all day after 10. The sky however, has the unsettled character which March insists on ― here or elsewhere.

At work by 7.15. ― After breakfast ― letters from T. Cooper ^[& Mr. Gush] ― & E. Baring. Baring gives sad accounts of Corfû: ― he has kindly enquired about house in Malta ― & I almost think I had better arrange to winter there next year, & 1867, if one does not shuffle off the mortal coil before. Worked frightfully hard all day, but some of the 4th process drawings were teasers, & latterly, I was obliged to do less to the remaining ones, so as to make up the tale of 20. ― Τέλος Πάντων[1] ― 80 of the 160 are advanced a considerable lot of steps.

At 6 ― rushed as far as the Hotel des Princes & returned to dine at 6.45 ― (soup & roast fowl,) & to pen out afterwards till 10 ―

finishing the last penning of the Corniche walk ― 145 in all.

Heard G. read. ―

By Galignani I see that Mrs. Tennyson is dead ― 84.

― a most cheery ― simple ― good lady.


[1] Anyway.


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Wednesday, 8 March 1865

Quite fine & bright, but colder considerably.

Rose 6.30.

Began to work 7.15 ― & worked till 9. After breakfast ― I wrote to J. Cross, & Mrs. Robinson. Worked ― at 160 Tyrants ― but suddenly

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Very unexpected. ―

Worked again till 3.30 ― when Mrs. Beaumont came & bought a drawing.

Worked on till 5.30 ―completing the 4th process to 20 more Tyrants ― now 60 so far advanced.

Did not go out at all.

Dined at 6.30.

Penned out ―

& looked at G.’s writing ― & so at 10. 9.30 to bed.

No letter from Nicola today ― as was expected, whereby, & owing to accounts of Corfû “sturbi”[1] ― G. (as well as am also I,) is put out.

20 of the Tyrants done 4th process ― 60 in all.


[1] “Disturbi,” i.e. “disturbances.”


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Tuesday, 7 March 1865

Rain all night: cloudy morning: but clearing ― & at noon ― as bright & beautiful as ever.

Worked frightfully ― from 7.30 to 9 ― & from 10 till 5. But there is no medium ― work ― or no work.

Letter from W. Lushington. The dear old Judge is again better. ― Vernon married, & Godfrey engaged to Miss (Octavius) Smith. W.L.’s letter is really nice.

Wrote to Miss Duncan, & J.B. Harford.

At 5.30. ― half stupid with work, called on the Deakins who had sent me the Galignanis[1] of the 3rd 4th & 5th.

In those were printed 2 deaths.
A.A. Mieville of Bedford days aged 81.
Edmund G. Hornby of Dalton … 68.

Certainly ― the world one knew is fast going away. Poor Mrs. Edmund!

A turn on the Promenade ― colder. ― Yet I have left off fires in my north room for a week or more.

Dined at 6.45. & penned out till 10’ ― 3 more Corniche drawings only to do ― & heard G. read. ― Bed ― 10.30.


[1] Galignani’s Messenger, a daily paper in English published in Paris.


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