Cedars ― day 1
Went to the “Temple” & saw it .
Returned, & took all the colours &c. &c. ― there ― & hired a small boy ― one Norman, ― for 6d a day ― to attend me.
Then, about 12 ― got the canvass up ― & Messrs Lyle & Hewitson, (the latter carrying water,) came. ―
And so I really got to work, & absolutely painted in all the sky, & much of the rough tree work before 5 ― after which it was time to go. A small walk ― & then dinner. Sate next the intelligent doctor, ― his name is Mac Clair I think. ―
Came upstairs at 9: spite of hints & persuasions.
The waiter who cut the goose for 15 persons ― the last 3 ― of whom I was the 18th gooseless! ― And his apology to me! ―
His convulsion shying the plate away ― when the small boy asked him ― who for? ― ‘Henny-body!’ ―
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]