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Thursday, 31 March 1859

Very windy ― gusty ― shiny or cloudy at times. ― Slept off fires ― for the smoke is not to be avoided.

Greek lesson, & paid Lasκαράτο ― 5 dollars. ―

Worked at Husey Hunt’s Jerusalem, & Lady Reid’s, & aperiently finished both, which is a relief to think of.

At 3½ ― made some calls ― all out ― & at 4 ― walked with P. Williams ― till 5½ or 6. Calls ― on Mr. Hay &c.

Wrote to the Chambers that I could not come. ―

Dined alone. Wrote Greek. ―

Windy ― dusty ― very cold.

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

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Wednesday, 30 March 1859

Cloudy & windy; ― & afternoon wet ― storm of rain & much wind ― for Rome that is ―

Worked off & on at B.H.H.’s Jerusalem ― but sadly sleepy.

The Sandbachs ― & various others came ― & the Chambers.

Weary of showing things to people! ― At 6, called on the Woodwards.

Home to dine alone ― wrote Greek. ―

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

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Tuesday, 29 March 1859

Fine ― of course. ― Greek lesson. Worked at B. Hunt’s Jerusalem. ― At 12 came W. Sandbach ― after I had fallen fast asleep ― & ordered a 60£ painting ― & 2 ― 10£ drawings of Athens.

Then came Mrs. Storey ― & various others ― deloited with the Bassæ ―: then a note from Col. Bruce ― (it was then 3,) that at 4 ― “if convenient” would HRH the P. of W. come to see my drawings. So ― when the Storeys went, George & I arranged & swept, & G. put on his Sunday clothes ― & so at 4 ― came H.R.H. ― whose face one knows by this ˇ[time] right well ― & Col. & Mrs. Bruce, & Capn Grey ― & Mr. Tarber ― & later Dr. Chambers; ―
Nobody could have nicer or better manners than the young Prince, nor be more generally intelligent & pleasing. ― I was afraid of telling or shewing him too much, but I soon found he was interested in what he saw, both by his attention, & by his intelligent few remarks. Yet I shewed him the Greek pictures, & all the Palestine also ― & the whole of the sketches, & when I said, “please tell me to stop, Sir, if you are tired by so many” ― he said ― “O DEAR NO!” in the naturallest way. ― Altogether I was much pleased with this hour ― (he staid 1 hour & 5 minutes) of seeing the young Prince of Wales. The suite was all immensely pleasant. ― ―― Went out & made a lot of calls, but saw nobody. ― At 7 dined at Macbeans ― most pleasant as always. Mr. Maleston there: Miss M’s afterwards. I sang, but the sphere was not musical. ― The M’s are certainly kind good people. ― Home by 11. ― I wish Ann could have been here.

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

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Monday, 28 March 1859

Ever very lovely. ― But I cannot rise early now.

So heavy dreadful, that it is a gt. effort to rise by 8. Then comes Giorgio’s clear & well kept accounts ― & his lesson: ― then my Greek lesson.

I worked little ― at B. Hunt’s Jerusalem.

But at 12 the Macleans & [Macdolans] came ― very nice people: ― & Storey & Mr. Clark. ―

After which, worked again till 5. Then walked with P. Williams, who is a very good true man. Our talk of the P. of W. & the intrigues of many ― would be curious if published. Returned at 7: & dined alone.

Wrote Greek ― at 10, sleepy. ―

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

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Sunday, 27 March 1859

Warm cloudy day. ― Not very well. ― Boles upset.

Church, ― going at 10 & wearied of waiting. Woodward’s sermon on the Pharisees’ religion. ― Walked home. ―

Returned to Dr. Chambers’s, & with him, drove to T. di Schiavi. Then walked nearly by Alexdne Aqueduct & round again to Tor di Schiavi.

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Wonderfully lovely bits of Campagna!

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Great hurry to reach home by ½ past 6. Hurry to dress, & to Storeys by 7. ― Very pleasant party ― Dr. & Mrs. Henry, & a Mr. Clark ―. Good & agreeable dinner & evening. ―

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

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Saturday, 26 March 1859

Rose at 7 ― but sleepy ever. Bright & fine, ― but, to what purpose, as far as I am concerned? ―

Greek lesson ― tho’ I should think Λασκαρατος is becoming desperate, & will soon go. ― Wrote to F.L. ― to Lady Waldegrave, ― to Dickenson, & to Drummonds ― at various hours in the day. At 12 various folk came.

Miss Boyles 1}
――― 2
――― 3
Mrs. Parish 4}
Perkins 5
P. Perkins 6
Miss ― ? 7
Mottley 8
Mr. Blackton 9}
Mrs. Blackton 10
Col Stisted 11}
Miss ? ― 12
Mons. Talbot 13}
――― 14
――― 15
――― 16
――― 17
――― 18.

― And when they went, I resolved to discontinue these public days. ― So I cleared out the rooms, & went & bought 2 Easels of Mdme Hayard ― & arranged everything differently. I packed Lady Waldegrave’s paintings also, ― & the 21 drawings.

And at 7 ― I walked round the Pincian, & dined solus. ―

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

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Friday, 25 March 1859

Very lovely day.

Rose late ― 7 ― & sleepy ―: one never sleeps enough here.

Being Festa, no Greek lesson. ― Worked at Bethlehem (Hunt’s,) & later at Hunt’s Jerusalem ― Sandars & Lady Veigy came ― agreeable enough. ― Worked ― (sleeping at times ―) till 5. Called on Mrs. Storey. At 7 to the Marshalls ― only A. de V. ― & Charmside there. All odd & strange & sapid. A. de V. & C. went at 9 ― I sang till 10. I am always melancholy after coming from the Marshalls.

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

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Thursday, 24 March 1859

Rose before 8 ― dreary work.

Greek lesson ― before which [Dessonlany] came ― he seems scarcely older, & his attention & energy about Landscape art, are curious & good.

Worked at Lord Clermont’s Jerusalem, & (I suppose) finished it. But during the day came letters from S.W.C. & F.L. & I wrote to F.L. & Lady V. Sandars.

No one came & at 5 I called on the Knights. Isabella sad enough. ― on to Macbeans ― & the Marshalls ― Mrs. M. unsatisfactory.

Returned to dine: read & wrote.

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

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Wednesday, 23 March 1859

Sad day to relate again. Slept well ― (rarely now ―) but late. Worked a little at B.H.H.’s Jerusalem. ― prepared for people ― but no people came.

Dawdled ― having put aside my work ― ― & looked out of window, watching ξενους, οἱ οποῖοι ἀναχώρισαν ((“Strangers, who departed.”)) ― with leggero ((“A slight.”)) [Πολὸ]. ― Resolved to go out & draw, but clouds [aris], & rain fell. Two Miss Boyles came, (nice girls rather.) & Lehman the Painter. ―

After that ― slept & (X9) ― & woke at 4. Then came Stansfeld, ―― who wants a picture & a drawing. Walked with him along the ruins ― ― good fellow. ― Returned & dined ― & wrote Greek. ―

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

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Tuesday, 22 March 1859

Rose at 7 ― no early days now. Greek lesson.

Finished Lady W.’s Jerusalem ― the 2nd of the 6 incubi  ― yet not altogether as I wish it. ―

Letters from B. Hunt ― alas! not coming: ― all 3 of the Hopers ― Mrs. Mabbot, ― Freeman Thomas & Sir H.J. Shiffner are dead. He enclosed a [Blank] for signature relating to John Watherston, wh. I unwillingly answered & signed & sent off. ― Wrote also to Ann: ― & to F.L. Letters from the 2 Shakespeares, & also from J. Hutchinson. At 3½ walked with P.W. ― but he never walks far now, & returns soon. (From 2 to 3½ ― I had called on Lady Carmichael, & the Brights.) ― After returning, called on the Woodwards. At 7 to the Chetwodes, who are truly kind & cheerful people, tho’ I am unhappy in their dining room. ― Evening party ― Trotman, CodringtonHibbert, Eatons ― (very nice people ―)  Dr. & Mrs. ChambersWilson ― (of Lambeth,) & the Maharajah  Dhuleep Singh ― all [φορεμα] & [Ἐνδύματα]. ―

Came away at 11½. ―

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

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