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Monday, 11 July 1859

Left Ashwood with Sir R.B. at 9.45. ―

Rail to town. Persevering Lady Client. ― Capt. [Bedingfield], Husey Hunt, 4 Evans & 2 Gibsons. ― then 6 or 8 Cocks’s ― 2 Hares, & Gibbs, ― (the Roman Gibbs: who has been to Masada & where not.[)] Also 3 Welds. ― some 30 people in all. { 2 Farquhars after I left.

The heat & noise & idleness of this terrible place.

I walked out at 5½ ― calls ― & to Martins, Bickers, Foords, & Hair[-]cutting woe. Returned at 7½ to dine ― the first time since I came here! ― Read Keith, ((Perhaps Alexander Keith, Demonstration of the Truth of the Christian Religion. Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1838.)) wh. irritates. ―

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

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Sunday, 10 July 1859

Same weather. Drew early. Thanked Sir R. for his blowing up. ― Walk with him. ― Talk &c. drew a little. ― Lunch. ― Later, Sir R., Lady B., Wally & Gussie all went to the gardens & park. We dined at 6 & Wally went back. Conversation till 10½.

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

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Saturday, 9 July 1859

Same weather.

Wonderful quiet early because of park: ― up early roaming. ― The trees & deer. Prayers, & breakfast pictures. Mrs. H.’s room. Taormina, Val Montone, & M. del Sorbo. ―― Miss P.’s room 8 drawings. ― Chaise to Epsom, 10½. ― London at 11½ . Arrived letters. Called on Brandling & took 2 drawings there. ― 3. London Bridge ― 6. Baring et alii. ――

Sir R.B. & Wally. ― I unwell & irritable. ― Lady B. uncomfortable. ― Walk before dinner.  ―

I do not know why ― quite ― things are so very sad & oblique here. Poor Lady B. particularly so. After dinner, a frightful discussion about AT ― wherein I lost my temper horridly.

Sir R.B. would read & ridicule “the 2 voices,”  declared, “all fine poetry could never be understood, or interpreted but in one way.”

― On my [mentioning] the Psalms ― he & Lady B. grew very angry ― & declared the Gospels were the finest &c. &c. & on Lord B. going ― he became vastly angry & blew me up ― “Lear, if you grow so testy ― no one will converse with you Lear! ―” “You are quite a breed” on which was perfectly right ― only in the argument he was wholly wrong. ―

Frightful indignation & irritation.

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Sad remedy but unavoidable.

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

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Friday, 8 July 1859

Same cloudless heat.

C.F. ― & H.J. Bruce & others came

At 2 by Pimlico to Epsom, & fly to Leatherhead.

Ellen & W.N. ― talk of Sarah &c. Walked back to Ashtead ― Mrs. G. Upton, Robt. & Mrs. Curzon, H. Paget, W. Legge, Mrs. & Miss Levitt. Dear old Mrs. Howard, wondrously well & kindly. Dinner pleasant. R.C.’s anecdote of asking P. Nono for the total extremis absolution for old Lady [Newburgh]. how P.N. asked to look at “quel Leone” being the [Schaks’] order ― & in a wond[rous] recess how C. went down on one knee &c. &c. ―― Evening pleasant. Mrs. C. sings well.

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

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Thursday, 7 July 1859

Same hot weather.

Letter from Mr. Edwards.

Worked off & on at his Corfû.

4 AndrèsBaring ― 6 Crakes, & F.L. ˆ[came.]

5 Cocks ― 3 Farquhars ― & Lord & Lady Clermont.

22 humming beans.

So at 5 I went to the Pantechnicon & Foord’s & back by the Crowded Park.
At 7½ to the Higford Burrs: a “distinguished” party ― kind & natural. Mrs. G. Clive one horrid G. Duff Gordon, one hadsome but unrefined Mrs. Knight, ― LayardPaine ― (O! the Goodes & Goddards!) ― Ferguson ― (the architectural) a French sculptor, an English sculptress ― & a very nice Miss Duff. The woman or man Gordon put me in a rage by her regular quackery. ― Discussions about Antonelli were amusing. ―

In coming away, Ferguson explained all his theory about the Temple ― which is really most [startling], & apparently true. ―――

Mrs. B. asked me to a breakfast tomorrow: but that wouldn’t do.

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Wednesday, 6 July 1859

Cannot rise early.

Letters from AnnC.F. & Lady Bethell.

Everything polit[i]cally ― more involved.

Wrote some letters. ―

Began to paint Edwards’s Corfû. ―

――― what recollections of that place!

Slept ― & dawdled.

At 3 or 4 ― kind good Mrs. G. Clive came ― with whom it is a pleasure to talk. ―

Then, Gambier Parry ―with whom it isn’t. ―

& then Mrs. Higford Burr ― who is, (as per H.H.) “cruel” ― (How curious & perfectly an applied word!!) ―

After that I went out, & called on the Crakes ― &, across the Parx, Harrie Farquhar.

Just time to dress, & to the Crakes at 7. ―

Mr. C. (aged much,) Mrs. C. (not at all) ― & Mrs. V.C. & Edward. ― Later [Van], & Mary Ann came in, & a Capt. ―――, a cousin of Mrs. V.C. who is to be before the public as the superintendant navalman of Livingstone’s expedition, from wh. he seceded. ― After dinner, the only chance I had for W.N., I used ― but I found that old Mrs. C. was decidedly against me: & I could not hold on. ― Perhaps I might learn more from the brothers ― but I don’t know.

The Cousin walked home with me: κατά what he said, Livingstone is a brute. ―

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Tuesday, 5 July 1859

Very hot & fine all day.

Dickenson put up the pictures.

Alfred & Miss Seymour came.

Worked, as well as light allowed ― at Potter’s Corfû ― but it is miserable work.

At 5 went to Quarritch’s, ― & some few other calls.

At 7¾ to J. Godley’s: ― Lord, & 2 Miss Lyttletons, Mr. & Mrs. ‘A.’ Court, ― John Simeon, ― & later Stafford of N. Zealand ―― the Cocks’s & Wynnes. ― Lord L. told good stories[,] Simeon, heavy & forced. ― Godley good. ― One of Lord L.: ―

A country clergyman, adoring Lord Shaftesbury, came to town on purpose to see him: & went about the H. of C. ― At length, John Ashley was pointed out to him as Ld. S., & he made profuse bows. ― “May I ask if I see the great Earl of S. ―”? at last he stammered.

“― And what the D¬¬――l does it matter if I am the E. of S. or not?” was the iconoclastic reply.

(No country parson fell down in a fit.)

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

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Monday, 4 July 1859

No rest. ― Yet I rose somewhat earlier, & brisker.

Wrote many letters. ― Dickenson came to hang up pictures. I, worked at Mrs. Potter’s Corfû. ―

Sir J. Simeon came, & paid me for the Ιωάννινα, £50. ― Worked on till 3. ― Then called on Sayers, Andrè, Woodhouse, Milnes, ― & across the Park to Mrs. Evans ― (nice people.) ― & so to Brompton ― & Mrs. Coombe’s. The singular weight of dullness there is terrible. Yet I did my best. ―
Walked home. ―

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

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Sunday, 3 July 1859

Extremely hot day. Breakfast with the F.s ― & long talk with D. ― Came away from them at 2. ―

Rail ― 2.25 ― 4.30 ― to town ― & Cab ― 5 to Seymour St. ―

At 7 walked across the park ― to Lady Grey’s. Poor Lady Grey’s memory seems quite gone, at 84, no wonder.

The dinner was not pleasant. Mr. Mrs. & Miss Robertson ― all vulgar toady people. Mr. Ellis, Lady Dover’s son. Afterwards, Mrs. Lane Fox ― & other Grey’s. & Sir James Latakia.

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Saturday, 2 July 1859

More depressed & weary of horror than ever.

Calls on Brandling ― out ―: Gush, ― whose 2 floor I half incline to take ― in my restless misery.

Went to Roberson’s, Foord’s &c. Met Chetwode, ― Ponsonby, & others. Calls on Mrs. Clive ― always out. ― Saw W. Beadon. Returned to Gush’s ― Called on Brandling, who came with me to Seymour St.: ― I gave him some drawings to [try] on wood. ―

Sir John Simeon came ― & bought the Jánnina! ―

― Cab to L. Bridge ― & rail to Maidstone: ― passed close below Park House ―― O! days of 54! ――

Dined at the Mitre & spent the evening with Daniel Fowler & his daughter, at Mrs. Fowler’s ― [Reginald] there. ― D.F. is very little changed in 16 years. ―

Mary Ann F. is pretty & very nice.

Pleasant evening. Gt. thunderstorm & rain, & very little sleep.

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

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