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Saturday, 21 January 1860

Cloudy ― but no rain; & afternoon fine.

Packed all the Carpets.

Worked rather better than usual, at Potter’s Palermo, & Mrs. Clive’s Dead Sea. Major Reynolds & Miss Yates came in , ― she is learned.

No letters ― no papers.

At 4½ walked in Borghese. ―

Dined alone.

Dr. Kennedy came in. He repeated some of his translations of the Psalms, wh. seemed to me fine & good.

Going ― at 9½ ― he rushed into the woodhouse & was considerably involved in logs & bother. ― so that [σχεδον τον περι γελασε ι Γεωργιος]. ((I almost laughed on George (GT).)) ―

Penned out the last drawing of Baalbek.

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

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Friday, 20 January 1860

Very dark ― (& dreamy) ― & mostly rainy.

Took a fit of “packing” ― & packed all the “books” ― had all the Carpets beaten for packing!

For verily, things are “hugly.”

Painted little, & drew almost as little.

― No one came. Only the Sat.y Review.

At 3½ went to P. W. to walk ― but as it rained hard we sate & talked. Dined alone. ―

Lord Rendlesham & Cheales came to Coffee.

Penned out Baalbek till 10. ―

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

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Thursday, 19 January 1860

Sent letter to Ann.

Cloudy ― & some rain.

Worked pretty hard at the Sandbach Palermo.

Lord Rendlesham came, ― a pleasant hearty & well[-]bred lad. ― Later, Col. Bowen. What he said of G.H. was sad enough, but I fear true: ― and that, with much else, may have had its share in the K.g alienations.

At 4 called on P.W. ― talk of the state of things here, which assuredly grows worse & worse: ― then sate a while with I. Knight. ― & lastly, walked on the silent & gray deserted Pincian. 2 persons only there! ―

Dined. And [επειτα επηρε] ((Then they got (GT).)) various μερικους ((A few (GT).)) boxes: ― for, μου φαινεται,  [καλη τουρον ειναι οτι ανα χωρισωμεν]. ((A good cake is what every [?] (GT).))

A very mad world my masters!

Penned out a Baalbek drawing.

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

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Wednesday, 18 January 1860

Sent letters to A. Tennyson, & G. Middleton.

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Tooth & nail on Palermo ― & worked hard till 1. ― Then I went to P. Molle, to draw a view for Stansfeld.

Came in before 5 ― & walked till 6.

Dined alone. Letter from Ann: ― about poor Ellen very much. Sarah is on her way homeward.

― Penned out Baalbek. Wrote to Ann.

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

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Tuesday, 17 January 1860

Quite fine & clear. Rose before 7 & prepared to go out. Breakfast 8. ― At 9½ ― off to the “White horse shay ― “Dragoni.” Giorgio on the box.” ― By the sublime early Giorgian Baths [&] Nilias, ― & on to Cervara ― tho’ the road was so bad I really thought we must have upset: and indeed we could not go nearly all the way. So we left the car & horse, & went on to that desert, yet cheerful place, the Quarries. This was at 11½. I wandered about for an hour, but could find nothing likely to suit for a large picture: & therefore I returned to only one view I knew to be good. But there, once seated, the clouds riz ― & no mountains were to be seen: so I grew very vexed. However, Giorgio the quiet being of the party ― I wore on to 3½ ― or 4 ― & then came back with “Dragoni.” ―

Dinner from Spillmans.

Penned out, Baalbek. ― [N.] Galignani, & a notice of

COLONEL LEAKE’S DEATH!

Gloom & weight & sorrow. ― So to bed. ―

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

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Monday, 16 January 1860

Sent letters to E. Drummond, Spiro K., & Dickenson

XX6 Grief! ―

Nevertheless, I worked at Sandbach’s Palermo a good part of the day. Cheales & Lord Rendlesham came in. No one else all day.

At 3½ called on Williams, & on Miss Tullok ˇ[45 Capo le Case]: ― (out) & then with P.W. walked by the Tiber. How young & lively he is for 57! ― (saw Gallier on the Pincian.) Returned to dine alone.

Wrote to Stansfeld, advising him to draw 2 small pictures, &, then, penned out Baalbek till 10.

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

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Sunday, 15 January 1860

XX5 Ugh! ― [||] Moderately fine ― but cold. Wrote somewhat & heard George read: ― [επειτα εκκλησια]. ((Then church (GT, i.e. Google Translator and me; Translator does not accepted accented characters, so I won’t be using them either until someone has checked the transcript).)) ― By some draught of wind, I grew absolutely deaf on one ear ― but yet the sermon ― “Gal: “I bear in my body” ― pleased me. ―

Walked over Pincian: met Clark, who is not unlike a Chinese.

Called on Stansfeld, could not walk: on P.W. ditto. Returned to find Giorgio, but he was out. Called on Macbeans. ―

To St. Peters ―: a place I can never like, as I never did: ― a vulgar, blaring, artificially devotional spot. ― Not finding George, I went back towards the Campidoglio, but lost my way often, ― then to the Coliseum, (I thought the Forum fine from the bend of the Hill below the Capitol ―) ― & there I saw what I never did before ― a Cardinal bearing a huge Cross ― heading a long procession of monx ― going round to all the shrines. Somehow, even C.F. could hardly bid me be tolerant here, I think. ― thence, to the Lateran & its view. R.A.H. to wit. ― O Winwick!

Poi ― back by S.M. Maggiore, but I blistered my foot, & was lame. Saw Sigr. Tommaso Dessoulany ― very odd & unsatisfactory. & so ― home. ― Dressed, & to the Stansfelds. Dinner & wine singularly bad. ― But they are vexatiously interesting. ― & there is something very sad in what has past.

Whereby I came home ― at 10½. ―

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

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Saturday, 14 January 1860

Sent letters to Mrs. A. Tennyson, & Holman Hunt. F.L., & Lord Stanley

Rose earlish. Wrote a good deal. ― Worked at Palermo by fits & starts. Dr. Kennedy & Stansfeld called. Letters from F.L. S.W.C. Macbean, & Lord Stanley.

Called on P. Williams. At 4 on Isabella K. ― where was Duchess Sermoneta, & Mrs. Caldwell. ― Walked on Pincian. Dined at Table d’hôte. ― More came & had coffee.

Penned out Baalbek.

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

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Friday, 13 January 1860

Sent letter to S.W.C.Mr. Edwards, & Mrs. Hunt.

Finer ― no rain. ――

Worked all the morning at Palermo.

Col. Bowen came.

At 3 walked with P. Williams till 5.

Dined alone. Saty. Review.

Newton came at 8 & staid till 10. ―

G. very grumpy.

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

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Thursday, 12 January 1860

Sent letters to S.W. Clowes, Mr. Edwards & W. Nevill.

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Pouring rain all day. & very dark.

Kitchen flooded with water.

Worked as much as I could at Clive’s dead sea, &c. ― but that very little.

Maj.r Reynolds came & asked me to dine, but I said no. I sate a bit at 4, with P. Williams, & at 5 with the Macbeans.

Came home: dined alone: & wrote to S.W.C.

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

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