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Friday, 20 April 1860

Drew 50 dollars from Macbean.

Gracious goodness! wet again! ―

Clear at 11. Macbeans.

Letters from C.F. & Gibbs. ―

Worked really hard ― as far as the dark gray day allowed, ― the drawings of S. Sabbas, & Baalbek. ―

At 5½ called on P.W. ― out. ― Then walked to P. Pia ― very cold. “fait pas chaud” ― I heard the sentinel say. ―

Called at the K.s: C. not yet come. ――

Mrs. & Miss Kennedy there: nice people aperiently.

Called also on the Caldwells, & saw H.J. Percy. there ― how “ferret=gimlet=eyed.” ― He has been up Masada & to ποιος εξευρει ποτε, εις δυω μηνες. ((Lear perhaps wanted to say, “he did not find it, and came down in a few months.”)) ―

Returned to dine alone: ― & R. Cholmondeley afterwards.

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

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Thursday, 19 April 1860

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Pouring rain till after 1 P.M.

Macbeans. ― All the rest of the day worked at all the Watercolor drawings ―. Called on Cholmondeley at 3, & at 5 he came to me, & we walked round the Borghese.

Dined alone, & worked again at 2 drawings of Jerusalem.

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

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Wednesday, 18 April 1860

Absolutely pouring rain, all day long ― never once stopping. To Macbeans: ― but on returning home, worked hard till 6½ ― at Musters’ Philæ ― except[ly] for half an hour when a Mr. & Mrs. Taylor came with the Featherstonhaughs.

Could not go out for torrents. Dined alone.

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

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Tuesday, 17 April 1860

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Wet, dark, & dismal, al solito. ― A moddle came, the last ―: & then I arranged things for working at Musters’s 7 watercolor drawings. ― To Macbeans. Home: drew a little & lunch. At 3 to the Storys, where Newton lectured again, well. ― Saw Cholmondeley. ― Sate till dark with I. & H. Knight. ― Home in the rain, & dined alone. ―

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

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Monday, 16 April 1860

Sent boxes ― (2) to Macbean.

Finish, ― but showers. Why does Mr. Yarrell’s room, & kind Miss Yarrell also come to me now ― but that the first letters I wrote, “Finish,” ― were like his plain hand writing? Clues ― ― linx: ― remoat threds. Essays might be written.

Completed packing, & sent off G. with a letter to Macbean. Went to Macbean’s. … Sicilian tranquillity?

Returned, & began to work a water color’d drawing till 3 or 4 ― the rooms being now clean & nearly empty. And, supposing I may go in 2 weex ― I bought a N. Italy Murray, & am studying the Riviera, & Cornice. ― At 5 several cards & calls ― & at 5½ to Williams’s, & walked with him out of the P. Pia, where, for once, there were mountains to be seen.

Del Gallo ― Giulia
Primoli ―― Carlotta
Gabrielli ― Maria
Campello ― Augusta
Cambareres ― Bathilde

The beggars, & the slow walking & the cowardice, bullied me horridly: ― & I left P.W. in the V. Rasella to hasten home ― arriving in time to be ready for dinner, & C. Newton.

C.N. is so far uncomfortable that he eats & drinx nothing, & I much: but so far otherwise that he is so pleasant & kindly & educated as to make one forget his incapacity for edible sociality. Later, our conversation was interesting, especially of R. who was at C. Church, with N. ― After he had been around, N. says [gr.]

A very nice letter from Woolner to-day: but Emily Tennyson is very unwell. ―

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

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Sunday, 15 April 1860

Tolerable fine. Rose at 7 & packed most of the remaining things. I am more & more inclined to leave here in 15 days or so, & walk along the Cornice (& Riviera) from Pisa, taking G. with me to Genoa, sending him thence to Marseilles & home. ― It cannot be right for me to keep him away from those he ought to be with, even if he wished it; ― & poor fellow he is often pulled both ways. ― And ― respecting the walk, ― altho’ I leave much of my work unfinished, yet I gain more variety of subject for future illustration ― tanto piu ((Especially.)) if I write a journal. ― The sending my cumbersome boxes to England will be a great expense doubtless ― 2ndly & this house for a year to come, ― & much more ―― but all this has been inevitable for a long while past ― & in no mode could Rome be possible for me. ― ――― Tomorrow & Tuesday come models: ― later in the week I hope to sketch at Cervara, ― & as far as I can advance Musters’ drawings. ――― At 10½ to church; many there, but mostly new persons. Burgon less fooly than usual ― & happily only 32 minutes of folly. ― Walking home ― Mr. & Mrs. Fetherstonehaugh.

Came home, packed, & read. … At 5 Cheales called, & I walked with him to the Corso, wh. was all red & tapestry for a procession of S. Giuseppe de’ Falegnami. ― I, wishing C. good-bye ― he goes tomorrow ― went on to the Capitol, & the crowds of people were considerable. ― At 6 went to Sermoneta Pal. & waited till 7 when they came. The Lovatellis only, & D. Onorato at dinner ― which was pleasant enough. ― M.G. is always the same ― very much an angel. ― The Brother ― “Pippo” only is odious.

St. Peter’s illuminated. ― home by 10½.

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

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Saturday, 14 April 1860

Rose urlier. Very damp & gray. ― Packed.

Model came: 9 to 11.

Macbean’s ― pouring rain.

Reillys, ― & saw his Portuguese friend’s painting. (da Silva.)

Returned ― & put up 2 drawings for Isabella K. ―― & actually made a third: which I sent. ―

Jamieson came: & after that G. & I went on packing always. ― At 5 I went to Macbean’s ― & gave them 2 boox. ― At 6 to the K.s, where were Isabella & Helen, the 2 B.M.’s & Mrs. C. ―

At 7¼ to the Jamiesons ― very good & pleasant dinner ― Cheales, Barker, Lord Rendlesham. ― Afterwards Brassey, Major Oldfield, & various Kennedys.

Singing: came late away ― but found υπομονετικες Γεώργιος ((The patient Giorgio (GT).)) up. ―

Lord Rendlesham wants me to make 2 drawings ― Philæ from the rocks 1860-04-14 ― & one[-]tree Dead Sea.

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

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Friday, 13 April 1860

A bad month.

Fine day though. ― Began to pack furibondiously.

Went to Macbeans. ――― Then searched for moddles, ― & meeting Newton, walked home with him. Then engaged 3 modular moddles & went home & “packed” again.

At 1 Moddle came ― nasty brutes μου φαινεται παντοτε. ((I always think (GT).))

At 3½ he went, & I packed, more or less till 6, when, going out to call on Cholmondeley, lo!  ― “Margaret Sermoneta” & the Duke below. Kind good M. Knight! ― She had bought me 2 wrist studs in gold ― so pretty! as a ricordo: ((Keepsake.)) ― & happily I could receive them with a conscience, as I had put out a drawing of Másada, for Isabella, with 2 others of the Dead Sea & S. Sabbas. ――― The poor Duke seemed very sad & low.

Then I went to the Borghese ― but meeting Cholmondeley loitered & talked with him, whom I like more & more.

Returned to dine alone: but young Reilly came in later: a very nice youth: gentlemanlike & intelligent.

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

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Thursday, 12 April 1860

Dear me! what queer nasty days these are. ―

Cloudy as usual ― but not raining. ― Went to Macbeans.

Lamoricière’s address ――――.

Gloom & bother. ― Back, & worked at “Beirût,[”] more or less all day, till 4½. … Then I called on Newton, ― (out), ― & on R. Cholmondeley, & on poor Coleman. …

afterwards, walked with Cholmondeley on the Pincian: ― I find that R.C.’s visit here, is on account of his brother, & that he himself is no-wise pervert or pervertable.

Ἔπειτα, ((Then.)) walked in the Borghese, solo: the wind has changed, & it is fine, & they say St. P.r is to be illuminated.

Dined alone at 7. ― G. Very sulky poor fellow. ―

But when I found that the street & Pincian were all illuminated, & spoke to him, he was particular cross & savage: & he ought not to be so.

Later, R. Cholmondeley came, & told me much of his poor brother: & I am now sorry I did not see more of R.C. before. ― It seems to me, one had better pack up & go home. ―

A very hateful place.

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

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Wednesday, 11 April 1860

Drew 25 scudi from Macbeans. Sent letter to Ann. Letter from Mr. W. Sandbach.

Rain & filth again. ― To Macbeans. ― There are no news from Sicily except “perfect tranquillity” ― & all the “Steamers (Neapolitan[)] taken for troops” ― which are quite consistent.

Pouring rain ― & unbearable closeness & dullness. O God! can any lousy place of lice & shit be like unto this pig-stye of impostors? (Excuse angry himpulses.) ―― So I came back, & packed up a good deal. ― Nice letter from Mr. W. Sandbach: ― & I wrote a longish letter to Ann, Lord Dunglass called ― a very unaffected nice youth, as I at first thought him, March 1858. ―
Later, came Jameson, who sate some time, & I worked a bit at the Beirût. At 5½ went out, paid bills, & made calls in pouring rain: & sate a bit with P. Williams ― who cares for nothing much beyond his study. ― At 6½ I got a minũte walk on the Pincian, & then came home, & dined alone.

Read D’Israeli’s “Amenities of Literature,” greatly to my delight. Heard, (from Jameson) about the P. & D. of S――a ― as to the “enemies of the faith” frequenting his house.

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

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