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Monday, 28 February 1859

Not a very happy day to end the month with. ―

After breakfast ― lessons ― & paying Lascaratos ― I went out to get some paper ― & then worked by fits all day. No one came ― but letters from V. Crake, C. Fortescue, & A. Seymour ―. A Dunn Gardner’s pamphlet from F.L. which I read. ― I did not go out again. Poor Giorgio is very cross ― & I don’t think he’ll stop here. ― As for me ― I dined, & worked at Greek. ― 3 pages of Modern, & 5 lines of Homer ― till 10. ― I see no way before me. ―

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

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Sunday, 27 February 1859

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Very unwell ― owing to ―

Wrote all day.

S.W.C. ― & Bright called. { NEARLY RESOLVED NOT TO GO TO JERUSALEM THIS YEAR

Did not go out.

Dined at Brights ― potius aper. ((See 16.x.58.)) ― [Sir J. D ] Sir A. Bullen, & S.W.C. there. ―

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

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Saturday, 26 February 1859

Mr. W. Sandbach
Mrs. ditto
Captain Bertram
Mrs. Bertram
―― Finney
―― Philpot
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―― Grant
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Miss [Rainerch]
Miss Jones. 13

Working ― but only half & half. Fine always.

Wrote & sent letter to F.L. New party of Sandbachs & others. Old gent who said, “No one passes through Petra ― otherwise a Prophecy ― which Dr.  Keith explains is nothing ― “henceforth no one shall pass thro’ Petra.” ― Then said I, ― either Dr. K. or the prophecy is wrong, if I did pass thro’ it. ― After all these people went, I worked, but not well ― at Lord Clermont’s Jerusalem. ― I cannot yet see my way as to going hence or not. At 4½ I went to P.W. who is always very kindly ― vû his years & his many natural drawbax. We walked up to S. John Lateran & back. ― Gibson is oltre che  foolish in his taking the P. of W. to Strutt’s & other places. From how small a seed “tyranny” arises.

So I came home ― & dined alone: good Giorgio always a solid straighforward [sic] fellow, in all kind of attentiveness. ―

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

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Friday, 25 February 1859

Rose earlier, & worked from 7 to 8 ― at Lady Reid’s Jerusalem. ― Breakfast ― G.’s lesson, ― Greek lesson; ― worked from 10 to 5 ― only stopping to write a page or two to F.L. At 6 ― dined with the Macbeans ― where all is not quite as it should be ― temper ― I suppose. In the evening came 2 cousins (Miss Ogles? ―) who knew Mrs. Ruxton & all Louth, ― Miss Webb ― & some others. ― Rumours of war.

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

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Thursday, 24 February 1859

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A very wretched night & morning.

Always beautiful weather but cold.

Greek lesson. ― then worked, but badly at Lady R.’s Jerusalem. S.W.C. drawing in the room, but I could not speak to him much.

Worked again, on & off.

Letters from F.L. ― & Daddy Hunt. ――

Later ― Gibbs came ― & at 5 I walked with him. The Palestine plans revive ―  but I hardly know what to do.

Dined at home ― & wrote Greek.

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

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Wednesday, 23 February 1859

1 Page
2 Philpot
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Rose earlier than usual. ― walked ― (coldish!) to Coleman’s & asked him to dine. Returned ― & breakfast, & G.’s lesson. & worked at Lady R.’s Jerusalem ― till Page came, & so on, the going through the sketches &c. ― till 2. ― It was after that that Stockdale came. S.W.C. went away ― his frittered life seems sad, & prejudicial. ― As for me, I too am unhappy with all this fuss & bother. ― Worked again & better ― till 4½, & was going out, when Lady Stratford sent a note asking me ― forsooth, ― to lend her a Persian Rug ― & one to meet [Count] Antonelli! ― what puerile imbecility. ―

So I packed up the rug in a rugged mood, & wrote a rugged note ― & sent it. Then called on P.W. ― & on Terry ― & “the little Girl” ― all out: ― then on the Marshalls ― oh! so dreamy & queer! what must be Charmside’s life there? Home, ― & at 6½ came Coleman ― poor fellow ― (with some beautiful φοτογραφς ―) & dined ―. He is very good & amiable ― poor Coleman: ― after all, why does one say “poor” ― when in fact he is richer & better than you any way? ―
So the fathers fell asleep ― & I am to write some Gk.

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

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Tuesday, 22 February 1859

Cold & bright ― much too cold to be pleasant. ― After Gk. lesson, worked at Lady Reid’s Jerusalem all day ― S.W.C. only coming in. Perhaps this picture is better than the others ― but it is all sadly slow. At 5 ― went to the furniture shop ― (the bookcase came today ―) & then called on the Stansfelds, & on Coleman, ― & on the Woodwards, who asked me to dine ― but I was engaged to S.W.C. ― with whom at 7 I dined at Nazzari’s, returning home to write afterwards. I wish I could make G.’s kitchen more comfortable: he seems either comfortless ― or awful sulky sometimes: ― yet never fails in any duty.

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

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