Later, Ann: who is better a little ― yet more aged ever. We passed our day very harmoniously. Lunch at 1. ― She went at 4. ― I, to Mr. Hays. (A Montgomery & H. Chaney coming out of the room;). Mr. H. was perfectly awful: ― but the D. of Wellington coming in ― he cheered up, ― introduced me as “a painter of eminence,” & did the ancient patron over again: ― it seems to me his ailment is more mental than bodily somehow. ― Walked from 6 to 6.45. ― Then to O. & C. Club ― & here was F.L. ― there was some unforeseen dinner, so we had to dine at the St. James’s Hall, a new, & agreable place. F.L. struck me as more matter of fact ― καὶ βέβαιως ― ἐκείναι αἱ ἡμέραι ἐπεράσθησαν! ((And surely those days are over (NB).)) ―
Neither was I in good tune.
F. came home with me ― & looked at the 7 drawings ― & went at 10.30.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]