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Monday, 31 January 1859

Still very very poorly at times ―― oppression of chest ― violent ― but not painful cough, & cold in the head. ― ―

Drew pretty hard at the Mount Hor view, (interrupted by notes endless. ―) & going thro’ accounts with Giorgis ― seeing the Νέος Διδασκαλος ((“New teacher.”)) ― &c. &c. till at 12 Mrs. McBeanCol. & Mrs. Gordon ― & Dr. O Brien came, & I “went” all thro’ the views with them: pleasant enough, & nice good people. ― Worked a bit, & then came Lady Stratford, & Miss M. C. ― Lord & Lady Spenser, & Cowper: ― shewing them took a good time, but was really very delightful. ― At 4 they went, & I walked out ― but oppressed sadly with cough & cold ― to S. Gio. Laterano. ― Returning, went to Rinaldini’s ― & saw Mr. Hallam’s death in the papers. ((This is Henry Hallam, the English historian, father of the Arthur Henry Hallam, the A.H.H. of Tennyson’s In Memoriam.)) F.L. & A.T. must have a weight to bear. Came home to dine, & afterwards J. Uwins came, & looked over drawings. I to write. ―

Letter from S. Price Edwards.

16. if truth be told ― is the record of the number of sorrows

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

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Sunday, 30 January 1859

X10 Rose at 8. Weather cloudy ― & warmer ― the first change. ― Wrote to F.L. after breakfast & read last year’s journals ― perhaps so far a useful task that one is somewhat reconciled thus to the present. ― But the irritation of body & mind is fearful ― & again X11 ― sad & weary grief. ―

At 1 S.W.C. called ― & good Terry. Letters from  Lady Stratford, Gibbs &c.. ― At 3½ went to church, & afterwards with S.W.C. around the Borghese. Returning, met the Chetwodes, & walked with them till 6. Dined with S.W.C. ― Cowper, & Hibbert, ― on the whole, pleasant evening. ― Warmer ― thank goodness.

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

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Saturday, 29 January 1859

1 Mrs. Monk
2 Miss ―
3 Miss
4 Miss
5 Sir R. Day
6 Lady Day
7. Count ―
8. M. Rochedien
9. Mr. Storey
10 Mrs. Storey
11. Authoress
12 ― daughter
13. Miss Hawarth
14 ― Eaton
15 ― R. Bright
16. S.W.C.
17. Browning

Rose, ill enough. A weight, & constant cough I cannot shake off. ― Drew ―: & at 12 came the πλῆθος. ((“Crowd, throng, multitude.”)) I was glad when it went. But its going did not at all bring me peace ― au contraire, irritation & bother prevented all work. X9. ―

At 4 I walked to St. J. Lateran ― compensating a little for the dreadful day’s imprisonment. ― At 6 I came home & dined: & Giorgio sate & talked about our Zagori & Σαλονίκι ((Salonika.)) travels. How valuable is this good fellow! ― Yet I suffer bitterly here somehow, & there seems no end to trouble. Pizzerani’s bill ― 4 70 sc. has come in, & Cagiate’s ― 70 ― how to be paid I don’t quite know.

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

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Friday, 28 January 1859

The weather is always the same now ― fine & bright. But I am more unwell today ― cough bad: ― very bad at times. After a short walk on the Pincian, where all was summer ― I drew ― &, barring a call from Sir J. Duckworth & S.W.C. ― I worked till 4. When Williams came & we walked round the Borghese. Damp & cold streets.

At 6 to Miss Cushman’s. Miss Hormon, & Miss Stebbins ― a Mr. Cushman, Gibson & a Mr. Percival Bailey: all agreable ― dinner excellent & pleasant. & afterwards, 2 Martins, 2 Tildons, Telford & some few others ―. Some goodish music, & some really good singing from Miss Cushman. Home before 11. Poor G. always seems sulky when sleepy. ―

X8

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

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Thursday, 27 January 1859

Rose ― feeling a little better: & drew till 8½. Breakfast, & the usual hearing G. read. Then I walked on the Pincian ― wishing to try if any new system of movement would do me good, in shaking off or changing this cold. ― Rbt. Hay was there ― & I walked a turn or two with him. His opinion of Lord Aberdeen is pretty much as mine. ― Returning I drew very hard at 2 drawings ― Jerusalem & Dead Sea ― of Mrs. Empson’s, ― & at one ― Rachel’s tomb ― for Duchess Sermoneta, till 4. Then called on J. Uwins, who nevertheless would not come out with me. So I went ― (bisogna dire, ((“One must say,” Italian.))  against the grain all this, for I ought not to speak in the air, & moreover am better if walking fast when alone,) to Williams’, who came out with me, & we went a bit down the P. Pia road, returning by A. Maria. ― P.W. is certainly much softened since older days. Then I dined at home ― on what seems to me luxurious fare ― fish, lamb, pears ― &c. ― all cooked well. Verily Georgis is a jewel. ― Then I wrote to Mr. Crake, & Mrs. Empson ― καὶ τῶρα εῖς τὸ κρεββάτι. ((“And now to bed” (D. Harvey).))

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

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Wednesday, 26 January 1859

Rose unwell ― but not so ill as I had thought to be. ― Newbolt came, to whom I paid 3£ ― (14 sc.) for a painting. Then came Mr. Sampayo & other people from 12 to 1½. ― I worked at one drawing of Mrs. Empson’s pretty well all day ― & in some respects felt better than yesterday. At 4 I walked to St. J. Lateran & back. The weather is mild now ― & always fine. Dined alone ― & S.W.C. came & sat till 10.

1 Sampayo
2 Clowes
3 Mr. Sargent
4. Mrs. Sargent
5 Miss Baring
6 Mrs. Muldoney
7 Mrs. Blackwell
8 Mr. Blackwell
9 Dr. Danberry
10 ――
11 ――
12 Miss [Groom]
13 Mr. Stansfeld
14 Mrs. Stansfeld
15 Sir R. Day
16 Lady Day
17 Lady [M.]
18 Mr. ――
19 Mrs. ――
20 Mrs. Arbuthnot
21 Mr. Clark
22 [] people
23 ――
24 ――
25 Stewarts
26
27 Marx
28

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

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Tuesday, 25 January 1859

Woke ― uneasy & unwell. My sleep is not very bad, but on rising, I suffer from cold extremely. Yet I worked at the 21st drawing ― (Rachel’s tomb ―) off & on. At 12 or 1 C. & L. Knight came ― both uninteresting & nearly disagreable. Then I returned to work till 3½ ― when my cold & cough prevented further work. Whereon I went to Newbolt’s ― &, buying one of his drawings ― (3£) went with him to a wine-place near S. Agostino. Queer familiar brute of a Padrone!  ― walked part back with N. who talked of his family &c. After a short & sad walk on the Pincian, I dressed & went to C. Perkins’s. Mr. Storey ― Terry, & the elder P. ― The dinner was very pleasant ― & afterwards also: ― but, on joining the Ladies, some 2 or 3 score people came in & made a frightful oven. I was truly miserable, & got away as I could. I dislike this Roman life most acutely! Mustard Plaister & hot water.

XX7

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

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