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Sunday, 31 July 1859

Slept well. ― Rainy (!) & wintry morning. No paper. ― Caught cold yesterday in right eye, & to day it is much inflamed. Wrote to, & sent letters to
C.F.
Mrs. Godley
W. Gush
Mrs. Clive
Mrs Coombe
Mrs. Hansen
Dickenson
Roberson
Mrs. Hunt
Mrs. [Mardale]

At 2 walked to Hastings & up the East Cliff. high wind, doing my eye no good. brightsome later on.

At 5 dined with the W. Scrivens: good kind folk. pleasant evening, walked home by 11.

Eye bad ― & unwell altogether.

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Saturday, 30 July 1859

Weary weary days! Yet not idle.

Rose before 6. Foggy ― & slight rain.

Took a pill.

Worked at Petra (6TH DAY) all day pretty hard.

Letter from Fanny Coombe. R.D.D. is ill.

Papers gloomy. ― Dinner had mutton & pudding & beer. Walked from 8 to 9. Greek.

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

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Friday, 29 July 1859

Clouded, & [gr.].

Worked ― but not so steadfastly. Yet health better. ― No letters.

Breakfast. Newspaper ― dinner ― as yesterday.

Walk out late. ―

Petra 5th day. ―
foreground.

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Thursday, 28 July 1859

Same weather ― not quite so hot perhaps. ― ―

Rose better but did not continue so. Worked all day ― except from 8 to 8½ ― 11 to 11½ ― & 5 to 5¾ beginning at 7 ― & leaving off at 7½. Got on very much with the Petra ― but at noon ― nearly dead with indigestion ― & X9 ―.

Cold mutton & butter pudding ― 1 pint of beer.

Walked out at 8 ― & returned by 9½. Very sad exile life & lonely.

Petra 4.
Foreground.

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Wednesday, 27 July 1859

Hotter, I think; yet a breeze. ― but depressed & heated all day. Inside not right. Slept pretty well. Rose at 7. ―

Whited Petra sky before breakfast. ― Letters from dear old Ann, & Mrs. Hunt: (they, the H.s ― are at Hythe ―: rifle club.) The newspaper ― at 11 is gloomy enough. Italian affairs dreadful: & more danger of war with France daily. Worked at the Petra all day, with fits of Sophocles, ― letter writing, & dinner at 5. One pint of beer ― & leg of mutton. ― [Wery] little pleasure in life. ― At 8 took letters to post, & walked by the sad [gr.]. ― Posted letters to
Ann
Holman Hunt

& returned by 9¼ .

Petra 3rd east cliff

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Tuesday, 26 July 1859

Rose, having slept better, ― better, & earlier: at work by 6½.

Letters from W.N.Brie, Brandling, Dickenson, & Edw. Penrhyn: this last is odd enough. They have taken AT’s house at Freshwater for the Autumn ― from Aug. 9 & the Yeatmans of all people are to join them with their children!

Worked ― & wrote to people ― till newspaper time.

Day ― lovely & cooler.

J. Hutchinson
Mrs. Empson
Mrs. Bell
Mrs. W. Evans

Worked again: pretty steadily till 5. dinner. Soles & cold mutton & water. ― Work again till 7. Then at 7½ walked to Barham by the hill ― 8¾ . ― I wanted some Squills, Oleander, & Broom. ― Home by 10¼ tired

Petra 2nd East cliff

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Monday, 25 July 1859

Very lovely & bright, & breezy all day long. [gr.]

Letters from F.L. ― & Macbean, who is in England. 2nd post ― from Ellen ―: W. Newsom is returned from poor Harriet’s funeral: it seems certain to me that I don’t fully realize facts: less than I did. A note also from Lady G. Grey. ― At 4½ I bathed, but the shingly beach bores me, & I do not think I am so well after bathing. So I shan’t bathe again. Dinner ― salmon & mutton. Drank nothing but water. ―

At 7½ took a small walk & posted letters to
J. Harford
F.L.
& Macbean

Certes ― better as I am altogether, ― summer is a melancholy to me. ―
Corfu 2nd day.

Petra 1st day.

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Sunday, 24 July 1859

Letters from Ann & Mrs. Empson.

Wrote to Ann
Mrs. Empson
Emily Tennyson
Mrs. Hunt.
J. Cross
Mrs. Coombe.

& after all that writing it was 3. ― Too many “public” were bathing ― so I went not to the sea. And at 3¾ I walked being dressed in black, to Hastings. Perhaps this quiet life may do me good ― God grant it may.
The dinner & evening at G. Scrivens’s was very pleasant ― in a way. ― Later W.S. came in & at 10¼ I left & walked back to this quiet place. ―

[gr.]

Dreamy life, which as yet I have never fully realized ― nor perhaps ever shall. ―

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Saturday, 23 July 1859

Cloudy, but very hot & close. Only rose at 7½ ― weary sadness. ―

Breakfast, then work at Athos pretty closely: eyes not well. ― Newspaper at 11. At 4 ― letters from W. Evans, Mrs. G. Clive, & Lady Wenlock. ― Wrote to Lady W. ― & Brie. ― Rain ― a little. ― Bathed at 4½ ― calm water, ― & were the beach sand, it would be great fun. ―

Dinner ― & ate & drank less. Worked at the small Corfu afterwards. Then walked to Hastings, buying a hat, & 2 crapes, & leaving a note for Mrs. Thimmond to pay for the new hat, when my old one was brought home. ― Went to G. Scrivens’s ― for I have settled that it is of no use to hide my being there ― so I agreed to dine there tomorrow. ― But there is little pleasure in that ― or rather, her, society. Came home, & near 119 ― met the Hatter, carrying off my £1 hat, because there ain’t 9/6 change. Blew him up & paid. ―

There is a sadness here: eh. ὧ ὧ ὧ ―

Athos day 2

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Friday, 22 July 1859

Slept better; rose at 6½ ― & read some Οιθίπος.

Letter ― kindly ― from T. Baring. Breakfast. ― Calmness of these diggings. Blk trunk came at 11. Got room in order & worked at Potter’s Athos till 4½. Then bathed. Gray calm day. ― Dinner ― & paper ― Letter from [Glennie]. Read, after working ¾ of an hour again. Before 8 posted 2 letters (Foord & Roberson) & took a long walk ― confused & dim ― & was at home after 9.

Χωρὶς ἐλώιθυς

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Athos day 1

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