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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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Wednesday, 24 August 1859

o dear dear! ―

Rose at 5½ & wrote till 8. Breakfast is never very pleasant at Woodberry. Ralph is a very nice boy ― dear little Mary looks unwell. ― Miss Staples seems a good governess. Long discussion with W.N. about M.A.C. ― whom he is resolved to write to. I do not think it will do.

At 10 to Camden Town: Dalzell’s [sic] ― & was pleased with their woodcuts. RimbaultsWoolner’s ― out. ― Col. & Mrs. Leake ― very kind & nice. Foords ― & other places ― & by 2 to Rail ― & to Lewes by 46 [sic]. ― Went to a flower show, wh. was very pretty: & saw H.T. & F. Catt & others. Dined with the Hunts, & to St. Leonards by 10. ―

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Tuesday, 23 August 1859

Rose at 5½ ― & wrote the “Ramleh.” ― At 7 breakfast, & ponychaise to Cooxbridge.  Rail to town by 10. ― Foord’s, the Petra frame &c. HansensDrummond’s ― Bickers Farrants ― [Dulacs] &c. And to Stratford Place N° 15. At 3½ to Gresham Street, & saw Willie & Geoff N. ― Ralph ― a very nice boy: Mary ― & Guy. ― Wonderful story about E. Woodthorpe (!) & young W.N.: who quarrelled in a boat, & E.W. fell into the water ― W.N. (swimming) picking him out. ― As yet, one cannot get at the rights of the story. ― Hot & fine all day.

Bed at 10.

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Monday, 22 August 1859

Up at 5½. Wrote Judea journal. At 7½ ― breakfast ― when B. Hunt & J. Senior went away. I do not think I have ever known anyone so unselfish as B.H.H. ― I ― off at 8 ― in a fly. ― What [Paradise] weather! ― A farm, near the turnpike, with “all things in order stored” was a sight. At the Hook before prayers. Company, as ever there is there, Mr. & Mrs. Freeman ― she Napier, a Mrs. Simpson (Major Keene ―. Mrs. F. was very nice & I was sorry she went after breakfast. She knew the Lushingtons, Carmichaels &c. And Mrs. Simpson knows Lady Duncan, & others. ― I drew all the morning ― an outline of the Campagna picture. Was out of temper ― 1st hearing that the beast Bowen had been at Firla, & had proposed to come to the Hook!!! ― ― Afterwards concerning AT ― but this was owing to last night’s folly. Mr. & Mrs. F. went away: Mrs. S. talked horribly. ― Lunch. ― Wrote to Ann, J. Hornby, & W.N. ― At 4½ walked to [Barham] & returned at 6½ with Mrs. B. ― Dinner only, Major K. ― Mrs. B, Mrs. H.F.B. Mrs. S. & myself. ――

Sang a little later, & to bed by 11.

Truly good people these.

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