Friday, 3 December 1858

We breakfasted at 8. Afterwards looked at many rooms. No joint affair would do. Some in P. de Spagna the best for S.W.C. Those on the Pincian have many objections & a bad landlord, as well as 300  sc. rent. Some, I saw in a new house in the Condotti ― for 360. These, barring a want of one watercloset, are very good. ― Later, I went to Palazzo Gaetani ― & saw Duke Sermoneta & Margaret K.! ― They were very kind & pleasant, & I am to dine there tomorrow. ― Donna Onorata & Donna Julia grown up. ― Went therefrom to look at other rooms, & after 2 to Isabella K. whom I found in really better health than I had hoped for. Strange years! ― V. Caldwells ― & Mr. Woodward there. Also I saw James Uwins ― & Williams again. ― At 4 S.W.C. took the P. di Spagna rooms, & I am to be with him  till I settle. ― We then walked round the Borghese Gardens ― & so till home. The Gardens are a wretchedness now ― pines gone & all changed. At 6.30 I dined at the James MarshallsAubrey de Vere & Madame Gerber there. Cold all ― & dreamy & curious. A. de V. is not wise I think. ― Mrs. M. very enthusiastic & “Cameronish.” ― Mr. M. vague. ― I sang a good deal. But on the whole, not being very well was a little bored.


Ah! Lamentation.

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

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