Rose at 5½. Διδάσκαλος came, instead of yesterday. After breakfast, wrote to HuseyHunt & C.Church, & C. Fortescue & by this time it was three o’clock ― Then came a note from Lushington ―― Mrs. Cortazzi is dead. She died in Paris.
I went out alone & walked round by the marshes & back thro’ Potamó. It rained a little & was very cold. Thousands of Turkies going in to be eaten.
At 6½ went to Lushington’s & dined. Nothing more is known of Mrs. C.’s death than the fact, & that she did not live to see her son.
Poor afflicted Helena & Madeleine! & the poor old father!
By very hard talking I kept myself alive, ― but later the miserable self-wrapped manner of Lushington & his dead silence irritated me too much to bear well ― not the less so, that, going into his room I saw V.’s portrait there. So I came away at 10 ― & I really think it would be far better to avoid meeting so frequently. ― I was going to ask him to dine tomorrow, his birthday, but in some parenthesis, he said he was going to shoot in Albania.
 George Stovin Venables. Lear and Venables did not like each other, as they were in competition for the Lushington family’s affection; in 1855, while waiting at Park House for the terminally ill Harry Lushington’s return, the latter wrote in his diary: “In the evening, while the others were out and I was in the schoolroom with the children, I heard that Lear was here, and to my great disgust he is settled here” (Chitty 1989: 148). In a letter to Emily Tennyson of 28 October 1855, Lear complained that Venables was circulating the story that Lear’s insistence on Franklin Lushington’s return to Corfu with him was motivated by a desire “to benefit myself by Frank’s position and increased income” (Chitty 1989: 150).
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]