Tuesday, 5 January 1858

Rose at 5½. Greek till 8. Worked irregularly ― & suddenly came to awful grief

X1 X2 X3[1]

At 5 went to Lady Reid, Mrs. Gage, & Miss Eisenbach; ― dined alone, & to bed early.

 


[1] Lear marked his epileptic seizures with Xs, sometimes, as here, indicating how many he had in a month by a number. He was not consistent, however; in some cases he did not number the marks or only numbered the days on which he had an attack, even when more than one X appeared.


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

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