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Tuesday, 31 May 1859

Most lovely morning: white trees & flowers!! ―

Breakfast ― & afterwards talk & singing. Mrs. Campion is like Mrs. E. Hornby in old days. ―― At 9½ J.G.B. went ―: a good man ― but I would rather see him in better health. ― The little boy is a dear little chap. ― At 11 Mr. Campion drove me to Hassocks Gate, & so Rail to Brighton . ― Thence I called at the house (18 New Steyne) the C.s used to live in ― but all were gone, & no clue. ――― Retrurned to station ― lunch: ― & at 2 rail to Emsworth ― great storm & rain. Fly to Littlegreen. ―― ((The residence of Admiral Sir Phipps Hornby.))

Very lovely trees ― & recollections of days ― apparently just gone by ― yet they are 25 years old. ―

Found Lady Hornby wonderfully well ― & the dear old Admiral, though blind, most cheerful. Maria & Lucy at home: ― after dinner , the 2 Phipps ― & a fine nice boy of Sir W. Denison ― Frank. ― ―

Evening pleasant & happy. ―

[gr.]

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

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Monday, 30 May 1859

Up by 5½ ― very bright & lively. ― Wrote Damascus journal &c. to 7 packed. ― Breakfast lively & pleasant, “urbane, polite, astute” &c. ―

Walked to Parsonage, & saw Francis Hepburn ― & to Church [Home], & Miss Blencowe. ― Quiet  good Xtian folk all them. How pleasant these walks & woods! (32 children have died of difθήρια this winter.) Lunch. ― Left with Mr. B. at 2. ― Most excellent & kind people! ― Drive to Streat, & thence by Ditchling & Keymer to [Dasney]. ― Day lovely ― & these downs most interesting. [Dasney] is beautifully “homey.” ― J. Blencowe & Mrs. J. & the little boy ― a very nice baby, really. ― After Mr. B. went, J. & I walked up the Wolstonbury Hill ― a far & grand prospect ― but storms were out afar. ――

Returning ― there were Mr. & Mrs. Campion ―: ― Mrs. C. a remarkably nice woman, Mr. C. friendly, but naturally reserved. Dinner pleasant, ― ditto evening, & prayer & all things. A charming specimen of old plain Anglosaxon gentlemen & ladies. ―

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

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Sunday, 29 May 1859

There seems no improvement, ― at least, very little.

Rose at 5½. ― How am I to “get through” a country [gr.] church & the services, & F. Hepburn’s reading a sermon were all good ― & the whole affair a pattern & model as indeed are the whole family & parish; ― responsibilities are not shirked or mauled here. ― Talk with Mr. Beck & Mr. Burton. ― & at 3 again to church. (A Robin has built in the pew. Mrs. Ingram’s ― & has hatched young ones.) After afternoon church, equally good in all ways, & quite a pleasure ― we all walked to Bineham , & thence by pretty green lanes back ― I mostly with young Philpot, brother of the Roman P. ―― Dinner; both the other Blencowes, & F. Hepburn. ― 12 in all. In hospitality as in everything else good, this excellent family shine.

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

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Saturday, 28 May 1859

Rose at 5. ―Wrote Journal of Cedars &c. ― Many letters ―

Lady Waldegrave ― who likes her pictures.
C.F. ― ditto.
F.L. nice letter sent though Rome
W. Hornby ― ― ― ditto.
Letter of Hogarth club.
W. Holman Hunt ― & F. Coombe.

Breakfast. The prayers are not good here. The tea is: so are the Eggs. ― Finished little [boy] Blencowe’s Library of letters. ― At 11 went out (the day was dull & rainy a little ―) to Haywards Heath, & saw a Lunatic Asylum. Drove back by 4 ― with Decimus Burton. ― Mrs. Blencowe returned.

Wrote again. But, I slept from 5½ to 6½ ― or so.

At dinner were a Mr. Beck ― & a Philpot, brother of the Rome pupillious Philpot ― the other Blencowes afterwards. ― No people can be more hospitable or kinder than these. ―

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

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Friday, May 27 1859

Rose at 5 ― & worked at writing out Jerusalem Journals, & wrote to F.L.Maclean, ― Hansen &c. ― At 9.20 very painful prayers, but in no case could the most cantankerous ἄνθρωπος deny that the whole Blencowe family are truly good & pious people.

Breakfast ― with Mrs. B. ― & Miss H. Amusing details of the Traherne fête ― singularly absurd. ― Worked at writing, & making an Alphabet for little Blencowe. ― Lunch, Lady Elphinstone, Mrs. H. & Miss H. ―

Worked & wrote till 3 ― or 4. Day always lovely ― though cold.

Walk out with Mr. B. ―

Dinner.

Young R.B. & ―――――

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Thursday, 26 May 1859

Less wicked. ― And it was also less cold.

Packed ― in 2 trunx ― & leaving much in a blk box.

Read over, & extracted some from Curzon. ― & arranged [πράγγιατα] for Mrs. Hunt. Played & sang for Mrs. H. Blackmore. Paid debts. ― Lunch. ― Left the ever kind Husey Hunts at 3½. Vehicle ― to the Hooke.  ― Day fine ― but colder again.

Walked with Miss Hepburn to see John’s house, which is beautiful as to site ― & as far as I can judge ― in other ways. [gr.] & damp. (27? children died of Diphtheria in the winter at Chailey?) ―

Called on F. Hepburn. ― Returned home at 6¼. Mrs. Blencowe. Letter from F. Lushington: & a book.

Dinner ― a Lady someone ― unintroduced. ― Mr. Traherne’s fête. ― Evening ― Messrs R. Blencowe, & Lee, ― & Mrs. Hepburn, & a cousin. ― The domestic has destroyed my peace of mind, by having “put out” all my things ― even the 14 pair of scissors secreted in a bag!! ―

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

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Wednesday, 25 May 1859

Up at 5. Warmer & fine. Wrote introduction to Athos Journal.

Letters from Letters from [sic] C.F. ― & Hutchison, & in the afternoon a 2d from him, & others from Mrs. Empson & Mr. Edwards. ―

At 11 to Brighton. All the H.T. Catts away but Henry with whom I passed some time & returned to lunch ― Miss Drewitt there. H.T. C. came back to Lewes with me. Walked out to meet B.H.H. & returned with him. ― Dinner. ― I grow tired of some things ― & am cross ― & wicked.

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

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