Snowy white, but not deep: bitter, but bright day cold. ― After breakfast came Rimbault, with whom ― (always pleasant & informing,) I walked to Chappells, & finished the 4 Idyll songs. Home by 11. Wrote & packed. In a gt. rage, because the servant sent away [Mamfrid] Packages ― supposing me out. ― At 12 came in cart ― slippery streets ― to Kings Cross: ― too early ― & walked up to Pentonville. At 1.45 off to Rail: nice gentlemanly fellow who had been in Corfu &c. &c. ― & at Compiègne last Xmas. Must talk with him, who was a Craven, married to Lady York. ― Horrible cold as the day went on & at 4.30 at Cambridge ― it was hardly bearable. Buss to Trinity, & found Clark as dinner was commencing. Nearly dead with cold, but revived. Prof.ssor Thompson sat opposite, & also Beamont. ― Dinner good ― wine ditto. ― [Comb rose], Whewell, Sedgwick ― & others. Much talk with Clark, who is very pleasant & good. Then, to Thompson’s rooms; tea & cigars, & a deal of pleasant talk. O! Eh! but the passages & bitternesses of cold!! Happily however, I had no Asthma ― or little. At 11 C. took me to a delightful little room ― very warm, so I am very happy at Cambridge in my 2nd visit.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]