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Wednesday, 24 October 1860

Off the Rails again. Breakfast at 8. Off in car by 9.

Rail from Micheldever at 9.36

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Bah! ―

Bah!

Bah!

Stratford Place by 12. ――

Arranged & unpacked & wrote letters.

Fine day. Calls on Edwards, C.F. Mr. Hay, Col. Hornby & others. ――― Saw Mr. Bilton Mrs. Macbean’s uncle.

J.B.E. came up at 6 ― & I to him. At his lodgings μοῦ ἔκαμε μίαν ὁμολογία ὅτι ἡγάπα τῆν ἀδελφὴν τῆς Κυρίας Δροῦμονδ —  ἥγουν, Μίζι Λίζερ. ((He confided in me that he loved the sister of Lady Drummond ― i.e. Miss Lizer (NB).))

Much thought thereon.

Home by 10.

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

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Tuesday, 23 October 1860

Rose at 6½. Warm gray morning: robins singing in the Cedar trees. ― rain. Drew: Beirût.

Flies in this room ― & hunt thereof.

Prayers at 9. Breakfast. Lady Arabella very cheery ever. ― Nice children of T.G.B.

Shewed drawings. ― ― Played & sung ― Mrs. B. &c.

Drew in my rooms. Lunch. Drew for children. Drew & read. 5 to 6. Talk with Sir. F. ― young Lefêvre. ― Dinner. Mrs. B. ― alas! how different to talk with! “Had she been in Rome? o yes! o ― well I don’t remember.” ― But out of care for T.G.B. I always avoid noticing her queer folly. ―

Played & sang. Wished good night to these kindly nice people. ― Sate till 12.30 with T.G.B.

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

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Monday, 22 October 1860

Wonderfully bright lovely day! ― “Packed.” ― Breakfast. ― Took leave of the 2 young RaleighsTottiesCruseCochrans &c. &c. &c. Saw Mr. Lyle in bed. ― Paid bill. Lunch: & off to Weybridge at 1. ― …… At Micheldever by 3 ― sent for by Stratton ― there before 4. ― Home quiet place. ―

5 to 6. Walk with T.G. Baring ― who, to my taste, is as delightful a fellow as exists. Letter from Frank his boy: nice. 2 other children of his also nice. ―

Wrote & sent letter to Lord Clermont ― about the Civitella: a “decided utterance” ―

Dinner ― Sir F. & Lady A. Lady Charlotte Howard & one Capt. Powell ― & the rest family (sic).

Ολίγον βαρὺ. ((Somewhat heavy (ΝΒ).)) ― Sung a little.

From 11 to 12½ in T. Baring’s room.

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

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Sunday, 21 October 1860

Fine, gray ― “autumnal” ― all day.

Breakfast ― having risen at 6.30 ― & drawn “Beirût” till 8.

At 10 Mr. W. Tottie, & the elder Raleigh came to see these drawings. Both are pleasant & intelligent: Raleigh is a curiously interesting fellow. ―― Afterwards, I sate & drew till 1. ― Ποῖ, ((Italian “poi,” then.)) ― lunched. ―

Then, walked with W. Raleigh ― over St. George’s hill. Damp the day ― & gray ― & I not well: but the conversation of the youth made me forget it. ―

To Byfleet, & Addleston ― & so the Hotel by 6.

Very merry dinner at the table d’hôte. (Queer man Cooper: & discussions about tabledhôteism afterwards.) ―

The 2 brothers Raleigh are certainly the most interesting “youthful Anglosaxons” one has met for a long time.

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

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Saturday, 20 October 1860

Very fine. One of “those October days.”

Drew a little from 7 to 8 at “Jerusalem” of Musters.

Breakfast. ― Letters from Mrs. Musters ― & Mrs. Parkyns. ― & C.F. Wrote to the 2 former.

Drew till 11. Went with Mrs. W. Tottie & others to see the “Cedars” at Mr. Lyle’s: ― & afterwards shewed drawings.

Dickenson’s man then came ― & about 12 or 1 or later, went with him to see about those pictures, relatively to the “American” rooms. ― The rooms would do ― being sunny, & spacious, &, although I have written about the Freshwater, yet I did not know of these. But it was uncertain if I could get my picture up, so I tried the lid of the case ― “Ford” & Redford carrying it thro’ the meadows. It just went in, so I took the rooms from Nov. 1 for 5£ a week, including brand. ― At 3 or 4 ― returned, & then brought the picture to the Hotel. ― Afterwards ― drew a little ― & finished ― I hope, ― the 5th Musters drawing. Then, a fine sunset, walked to the Cobham road, & returned at 6. ― Before dinner, ἐτραγώδησα μερικὰ τραγωδία ((I sang some songs (NB).)) ―: dined ― cheerfully: ― & afterwards sang a good deal. ― It is a cheery party. The lively idle Irishman Cruse ― the shrewd lively elder Raleigh, & the deep & rather sad younger brother: & several more ― Miss Cochrane the American, ― the Totties &c. &c. ― made a pleasant lot. Bed at 11½.

1860-10-20

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

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Friday, 19 October 1860

Rose at 7.

Baalbek ― Musters’s, is nearly done.

Letters from F.L. ―― E. Drummond. ― Lady Reid. J. Edwards ― &c. all requiring answers. ―

Tried to work at the everlasting Musterisms ― but could not. Gave it up. & at 1 walked to Walton ― calling in at Lyles, & arranging things to move away. The C. Lushingtons were “out:” ― & then I called on the J. Lewis’s. In half an hour I was all cayenne ― that vulgar sneezing snow is so utterly horrid ― & the more from the contrast with that sweet woman. Certainly, knowledge & general superiority of talent never wore as unamiable a form as in John Lewis! ― Of Daddy Hunt he spoke most odiously ― doubting the price of his picture ― (till I was positive about it,) & lessening him before Millais’ ― & vilifying some of his works ― the whole secret of all being that he knows at 60 he is not Daddy’s equal who is 32. ― I came away angry ― but sorry for poor Mrs. J.L. ― Thence I went to Hewitsons, who, in his lawn, & with his plants, is pleasant. ― & I am very glad to have known him, albeit he thinks very little of my poor Cedars ― & haply is right. ― I packed all my things & resolved to go ― for there are various things rile me here: ― so at 4 or 5 I was ready to start. And then came a note from Gussie B. saying they are off to Brighton ―― so I am here nailed for 3 days. With lots of notes ― C.F. J.B.E. ― Ann, Dickenson &c. ― at 5 walked to the Common & up & down till 6. ― Dined at Table d’hôte: sate by Lee & J. Raleigh: ― a really nice pleasant clever youth. I suppose indeed that it would not be common to find so many people at a table d’hôte so “far from unpleasant.” ― Gradually I have become less “irritable.” ――

Worked from 8½ to 9½. ―

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

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Thursday, 18 October 1860

15th day ― Cedars

Slept till 7. ―

Dark, windy, & wet day.

Worked at the picture ― but came away at 3. ― Letter from H.J. Stansfeld,  with a 30£ cheque.

Wrote to him.

Drew at Baalbek till 5. ―

Then dined.

And worked till 8 or 9.

Slept ill.

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

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