Rose early: absolutely clear morning. ― Those blue hills & the wide lawn are delightful. Left at 7 ― & in Dogcart to Brigg by 8. Dr. Marks & his little men. ― Rail to Gainsboro & to Lincoln by 11. ― Wonderful beauty of Lincoln & its site. The garden[-]like farms, ― the hay ― &c. Went up the hill & into the Cathedral: all fine & grand. Left Lincoln at 12.15. & on ― greatly delighted with the view, ― to Boston, & Peterborough by 2. Then, express train, & in town at 4½ (there was Lord Wenlock ― always as good & kind as usual.) ――
& at 16 Upper Seymour St. by 5. ― All my Roman things there ― but it is a sad chaos, & in such a box of a place ―: the noise also distracts me, & I really cannot stay here. ― At 6.30 to the O. & C. Club, where was F.L. He is not changed at all, save by loss of beard. How we talked!
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]