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Wednesday, 31 August 1859

Not very well. Day fine, blowing, but cool.

PETRA THEATRE.

No letters. ― Worked ill! ―

At 6 walked to Bexhill. 7½ dined.

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18 in all

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

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Tuesday, 30 August 1859

Letter from little Hallam Tennyson.

PETRA THEATRE

Rose at 5¾ & wrote by 6½. ― After breakfast wrote up all the Greek notes, as far as I had done them, in my new Οιδιπους κολονοι.

At 12 called on Mary Chester, who wrote yesterday.

A strange dream is life indeed. It seems but a few days ago ― when they were all at Casa Dies ((In Rome.)) ― & now she is grown up ― & they gone. ― Returned at 1 & worked hard till 6. Then walked to Hastings & back.

Dined at 7¼ read Mrs. Schimmel-Penninck. ((Perhaps The Life of Mary Ann Schimmel-Pennick. 2 vols. London: Longmans, 1858. A review had recently appeared in Tait’s Edinburgh Magazine, vol. xxvi, June 1859, 344-51.))

A calm pleasant monotony of life ― but for the suspense about money & I wish George were here often. Where is S.W.C.?

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Monday, 29 August 1859

Fine ― windy all day. Rose at 6.

PETRA THEATRE

Wrote to
Col. Leake
Foord,
A. Seymour.

Worked pretty well al day ― painting & Greek.

Dined at 4.

Sent off A. Seymour’s drawing.

Lit my new lamp. ―

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Sunday, 28 August 1859

Constantly fine ― lovely. Letter from Col. Leake.

Wrote & Greek till 2.

Walked by the cliffs to Fairlight, there by 4½. Martineaus. Staid to dine: very good[-]natured & pleasant. Holman Hunt & R.M. walked to Hastings & I home alone by 11.

Wrote to
Col. Leake.
Ann
& ―

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Saturday, 27 August 1859

Very fine always. ― Rose before 6 ― & worked really hard all day ― completing

PETRA THEATRE HALF DAY.

A. Seymour’s Petra. Afterwards worked for an hour at the oil painting.

Dined at 4. W. Scrivens called.

Walked to Hastings.

Tired & worn out.

Letters from
Foord
& J. Simeon

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Friday, 26 August 1859

Rose at 5½ . ― Very warm ― some rain ― foggy.

CAMPAGNA 3RD DAY.

Letters from
D. Fowler
& Pantechnicon
& Ann ― who is very happy at Ellen’s

Wrote to
F.L. &
D. Fowler

Morning dark & some rain: fine at 4 or 5.

Worked pretty equally ― but latterly at woodcut drawings which fail.

Walked to post ― & back.

1859-08-26

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Thursday, 25 August 1859

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Rose late: unwell & tired all day.

Did several outlines: ― ―

CAMPAGNA 2ND DAY

Letters from
F.L.
Macbean

Wrote to
D. Fowler
F.L.
& Gush

Dined at 5 & walked till 9. ―

Gloomy weather after 4 ― thunder: & very warm.

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