Suffered from heat & cramps at first but wore thro’ the night to Dijon at 2½, & at Lyons by 6½. After that the weather cleared, & I read & looked out of windows at the mountains beyond [Valence]. At 12 Avignon, & that surprising monument of generous Variety, the breakfast. All the better for it, & afterward for the olives & rocks. But the afternoon clouded & became wet. At Marseilles by 3½. No bother with luggage. Came to Hotel Bristol, washed & dressed by 5. ― Table d’hôte dinner tolerable. ― 2 sets of English, & a very nice fellow, one Dr. Chisholm ― from India. Came to bed at 9 & slept well.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]