Wednesday, 22 December 1858

Woke at 6. & rose by candlelight, resolving hard, if possible to set myself in a good groove. Lit my own fire, & managed papers & letters, & things for drawing ― & by the time I was washed & dressed it was 9. Went to Cagiati & bought fenders, & to other places. S.W.C. not up yet. Breakfast at filthy Café Greco alone. Came in & began Penrhyn’s Masada. Called on Beresford & Conyers ― who are living below me. ― Worked again. ― Delightful letters from my dear Ann! ― from Mrs. Empson, & Mrs. Clive! ― Huge joy & resurrection of spirits. ― Drew at Masada, after a visit to S.W.C. & McBean &c. ― At 3.30 ― walk by river ― very lovely afternoon ― returning by the P. Molle ((An alternative name for Ponte Milvio.)) road, met P. Williams, & walked with him. S.W.C. ― To Huskisson’s at 6.30 ― Miss Elliot, & Mr. Clarkvery pleasant dinner ― nice little woman. Afterwards Elliots & Ogles. Singing. S.W.C. again, I came to no. 9 at 11 ― & made the [Porte], light fire, & empty slop.

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

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One response to “Wednesday, 22 December 1858

  1. Roger Lathbury

    Not for the first time a phrase thought fresh and contemporary by a generation of the twentieth century appears in the nineteenth. Lear’s “in a good groove” sounds as startlingly anachronistic as, say, “out of sight” sounds when encountered in Henry James’s _Washington Square_ (1880).

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