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Saturday, 24 March 1860

Roze late ― 8. G. calls me ― on principle ― at sunrise which is 6. ―

X11.

Began to work on Lord Clermont’s Parnassus.

Macbean. ―― News none particular. Home, & worked again, or slept X12, & so on all day, no one came. ―

Did no [sic] go out.

Dined alone.

Nobody; nothing: no letters: ― τίποτε. ((Nothing (GT).))

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

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Friday, 23 March 1860

Sent letters to Gush, Drummond, & L. Shakespear

Slept particular, & hardly riz at 8.

Began to work at those everlasting Palermoes.

To Macbeans. Everything is more vexed & angular. Over 100 were wounded on Monday. ― Pacetti the painter among others. & there is a great movement of the F. officers around the matter.

Worked more or less at the Palermoes.

Lunched. Slept. ―

Edmund Colborne & 2 anonymous ladies came.

Queer, remembering Prevesa. ((An Albanian town of Venetian origin.))

Then a letter from Louisa Shakespear ― very nice in all ways: ― & rejoicing Giorgis ― simple [single] George, by news of all his people ― good.

I could half return to Corfu.

So I wrote to L. Shakespear: & to Gush, & Drummond.

At 5½ went to the Knights, & sate with poor Isabella, & the D.ss: ― kind[-]hearted & good.

A walk on the odious Pincio.

Dined at home alone ― where poor Giorgio had made a “Mayonnese” far too good for me to enjoy. ―

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

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Thursday, 22 March 1860

Sent letters to Ann, & C.F.

Slep [sic] betterly, but riz at 8.

Worked badlyish ――.

G. getting on better with his “letters.” ―

To Macbeans at 10½ , everything yet all sullen & unpleasant: carabinieri at every corner. Returned, & worked very ill at Potter’s Palermo, ― but read & looked out of window more.

At 5½ called on Coleman. He seems very ill & sad: ― She is a jewel of a good woman.

Walked on the Pincian.

Weather changing ― gray, ― sad & gloomy.

Dined alone.

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

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Wednesday, 21 March 1860

X10

Fine ever.

Worked at Sandbach’s Palermo.

Macbeans. Much uneasiness about the street row ― …

Letter from C. Fortescue ― kindly & nice as ever. ―

Returned & worked again off & on at the Palermo till 5.

Various folk called. Col. Bowen. ― Maj.r Reynolds & Miss Yates, who bought my Janina for £35 ― frame included. Mr. Jervoise, & later Macbean. R. Cholmondeley also.

At 5½ or 6 walked in the Borghese.

Dined alone. Young Reilly came, & I read Guinevêre to him, wh. is assuredly a wondrous pome. ―

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

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Tuesday, 20 March 1860

Sent letter to E. Tennyson.

X9

Bad wicked life.

Rose fervently ― nonostante. & Worked at S. Sabbas more or less all day.

Going out at 12 to Macbeans, ― heard of the row in the Corso last night. ― The was a great “demonstration” of young men ― 4 a 4 abreast ― (Garibaldi’s birthday,) ― & much fuss thereby. At the P. Colonna, 2 or 3 it seems called out V. Manuello, ((Vittorio Emanuele II, king of Sardinia and Piedmont, who was operating for a unification of Italy.)) & were arrested: but the gendarms let them go, on F. persuasion, whereat the populace hissed the Gendarms. ― Shortly after, some 10 or 20 G. rode out of the M. Citorio, & down the Corso, ― stabbing & “a casa, canaglia,” ((Go home, scoundrels.)) ― on all sides. 3 F. soldiers, & 1 F. officer, & some 10 or 15 Romans were wounded. ― The excitement is great to day. ((For the Roman events of 19 March 1860, see R. Ambrosi de Magistris and I. Ghiron. Roma nella storia dell’unità italiana. Studio storico. Roma-Torino-Firenze: Fratelli Bocca, 1884, Vol. 2, pp. 372-6.))

Worked at home till 5. Dessoulany called, & cheered me by his natural & straight way’d admiration of my paintings. ―― Called on the Knights ― on Helen K. & walked a bit in the Borghese.

Dined alone.

Cholmondeley came, an excitable & enthusiastic fellow, ―: I had called on him at 1 or 2 & saw his brother, a R.C. Priest.

also called on P. Williams.

George is livelier & more studious to day.

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

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Monday, 19 March 1860

Sent letter to Dickenson.

Slept always, & well!! ― & rose very late.

Nonostante, ((Notwithstanding which.)) cross ― & crosser that George had done no lessons, ― the fact in itself not vexatious, but his reason for so doing ― “mi c’entrava la testa, ch’era la Domenica, e stavo meglio far niente.” ((It entered my head that it was a Sunday, and I was better off doing nothing.)) ― as his best writing [evenings] had been ever Sundays ― this was absurd. Eyes bad, & could not work.

To Macbean’s but it was a fêsta: ((Holiday.)) however I got some tin.

Returned, & worked very very little.

Mr. Parish came. Letter from V. Crake

And 6 papers ― sent from Dickenson, very obliging. ―

At 4½ or 5 called on P.W. ― & walked with him till 6½.

Dined alone.

And now to bed.

What a solitary, bad, foolish, unwholesome life!

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

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Sunday, 18 March 1860

Very clear & fine. ― Rose late.

Church. Burgon is intolerable ― Lazarus & Dives, ((Dives (the rich man who will be damned) and Lazarus (the poor man that is saved) were common figures in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century moralities and interludes.)) ˆ[arguing that it was certain we should have all our members ― vide “the tip of my tongue.”]
Calls on Miss Cushman, & Macbeans.

Walked with Jameson to Tor di Schiavi.

Dined at the Bertie Mathews: ― very pleasant. ―

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

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