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Thursday, 21 July 1859

Breakfast at 9 ― no sleep till 4. Weather still immensely close & hot. At 11, all the things came, except a blk trunk, & most of the day went in arranging the back room. ― Wrote a good deal,

(Letters from Ann, & Ellen.) In all 15 letters.

1 C. Church
2 Mrs Sartori
3 Lady G. Grey
4 Mrs. H. Burr
5. Ann
6. Ellen
{7 F.L.
{8 Vaughan Johnson
9 Roberson
10 Dickenson
11 Brandling
12 Penrhyn
13 Mrs. Macbean
14 Mrs. Empson
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At 4 bathed in the [hotion] ― but it was too rough for me. ― Then newspaper & dinner. Wrote a little Greek after ―: & at 8 posted letters.
Not so sad a day as yesterday, yet undefinedly pallidly weary

Large Petra. ˇ[July.] 25½ 26 27 28 29 30
Large Corfu. 1 2½ 3rd ½
Petra theatre. ˇ[August] 1 2nd ½ 2½ 4th
Small Corfu. (X.) 25½ ――――  finished 10 days
Athos. July 22 23 Augt. 5th 6th & 3rd Sept. ――― finished 7 days
Campagna ―

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

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Wednesday, 20 July 1859

A strange & weary day ― yet borne with till midnight.

Extremely hot, & stormy at Hastings early. House very quiet & clean. Tried to go on with a sepia drawing ―but failed; ― also with one for a wood cut, ― but ditto. ― Walked a little, & read a little, & played a little, ― having hired a piano. At 4, walked to Hastings, to see for things: not yet arrived. Dined at 5 ― soles & mutton cheese & ale. Read Times paper. ―
At sunset, the bright yellow sands & calm bluey sea are Greek or Italian. I wish Giorgio were here often enough.

At 8 ― walked along the shore ― & posted notes to A. [Gleason], T. Baring, W. Sandbach, & F. Gibbs. ― Returned at 9½ ― & at 10 went to bed: ― a great storm began & lasted all night, so that I got no sleep till 11. ―

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Tuesday, 19 July 1859

Packed. Far too unwell to go to Scotland.

At 2¾ left, & at 4 came down by rail to 119 Marina, St. Leonard’s on Sea. Arranged somewhat ― & dined at the Victoria Hotel.

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Monday, 18 July 1859

Same wonderful hot weather. “Packed” ― & waited for Dickenson: ― but before he came ― a letter from W. Newsom, saying that on Saturday they had heard of Harriet’s sudden death. ―

This brought all change of plans. Wrote to Lady Waldegrave & others. ― Went to C.F., but he was out, & also not at his office. Returning, ran against, beast Bowen. ― Late, saw C.F. & walked down to H. of C. with him. Returned to dine alone.

Very unwell. [Hy] Brandling came.

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

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Sunday, 17 July 1859

Same weather. Staid at home, & wrote & read.

Lunch at 1 ― & at 2, left the kind good Hunts, & to London by 5. ― Calls ― & dined at the Crakes. ―

Edward & Mr. Harness later. ―――

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Saturday, 16 July 1859

Same hot, bright weather. ― The prayers, breakfast, garden ― & some quiet work ― little enough, ― on a sepia drawing. ―

After lunch ― at 4 ― saw the 3 ladies & child off to Brighton, ― I dining quietly with B.H.H. ― a pleasure.

Evening ― the rest returned, & singing.

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Friday, 15 July 1859

Same weather. At 6 to Barham’s ― & Clover Vale Farm ― all let. But it is a pleasure to see these scenes again.

Breakfast ― & then to Warrior Sqr. ―where the brutes won’t let the rooms for other than a “permanence.” Came away in a gt. rage ― & to the Station. But, τέλος ω άντυν, saw some small rooms which will do very well in a way & took them from the 16th ― £2/2/0 a week.

Came to Lewes before 2. ― Afternoon went in hanging the 2 pictures ― Jerusalem & Bethelehem, which at length find a home ― & look very well.

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Thursday, 14 July 1859

Same weather. Off at 9 to Eastbourne.

Went all over the old ground of 1852. 4. 3. Only found rooms in the Sussex Hotel at all possible. Then, at 2 ― at Hastings & the Scrivens, & saw other rooms ― some at Warrior Sqr. I resolve on taking this at 3.10 a week. Dine with the G.S. (first a [walk] with W.S. ― [)]

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Wednesday, 13 July 1859

Early morning at Woodberry. The elder boys are not as they should be I fear.

Driven home by W.N. ― Packed.

At 11¾ to rail, & by 12.30 to Brighton.

Fly to Rottingdene: ((Rottingdean, presumably.)) lodgings just taken, looked at others ― but useless. ―

Rail to Lewes, & dinner there.

a Mrs. Dansey (née Bloshenne).

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Tuesday, 12 July 1859

Very peculiarly hot. ― Fowler writes to say he can’t come.

“Packed” all day.  [Gibbs, Cocks]

Various people came.

At 5½ W. (& Allan) Nevill, ― & I went home with them. Miss Robinson at Woodberry.

Geoff & Hugh also.

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