Fine. ― Letters from Mrs. G. Clive & B.H.H. ― Went at 10 to W.H. Hunt. His picture is more wonderful than ever. ― But then sane, [as] whole character of his work, & the place, & himself ― made me sad, ― tho’, thank God, not envious, ― & I came away more dead than alive. Walked to the Bethells’ ― out ― Crake’s, out also. Then home ― & took C. pencil to Tessins, ― & then to Mulock ― out also. To Foord’s. ― But the system of chance work or deadly worry seems to me terrible for myself. ― On to Bickers, ― Bp. Winchester, & Lady Waldegrave’s ― where I lunched. ― Mr. H. much more agreeable than ― she the same as ever ―. Calls on S. Westley ― & across park to Victoria Str. & Mr. F. North ― where was Collingwood Smith. ― Then to Lady Young’s ― out ― Lady Grey, ― Baring, ― Farquhar ― (Clive,) Lord Wenlock ― all ditto. ― Thence, across Park ― Home. Wrote note, & out to Gush, Beadon, Wynnes, ― & to Newman St. to see some Studios. No. 23 I think of taking. In 74 was Stevens ― of Rome. Thence to Wyatt’s ― & after that home to dress. At 7½ went to Brunwich Hotel ― where were Col. Clowes, Miss C., Mr. Mrs. & Miss Arkwright, & latterly S.W.C. ― It is difficult to me to keep up convers[e] with such ― yet am I not wrong in finding it difficult?
Coming out ―― pouring rain! ― So I got a cab home. ― A fatiguing day & wholly unsatisfactory. ―
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]