Monday, 19 November 1860

Queer ups & downs. ― Very pleasant, placid nice day ― out & in. Fine out ― bright, calm, summery.

Rose at 7.15 ― setting palette on, before breakfast.

Worked at Bethlehem. A Mrs. Davison (in the Hotel,) sends, wishing to see the Lebanon picture ― & she turneth out to be sister of Lady Montefiore, & aunt of Rothschild ― whom I so wish to see these pictures. ― Queer quincidence. ― Worked till 3.30 ― when it was so bright I went out, ― & walked to Weybridge ― that English place ― & past L. Philippes & the Duchess D’Orlean’s tombs ― & so about the common. Very pleasant. ― Dinner at 6. ― & a note from Mrs. Davison, saying she’ll come tomorrow, ― so I wrote to say ― con piacere. ((With pleasure, i.e. “I’ll be happy to see you.”))

Comes Cokayne ― & says Mrs. D. is all wrong in the head, & at times “werry bad” ― so I hope she won’t franticate tomorrow & run a muck at my painting.

Something today must have put my digestion all right ― perhaps the reaction from from Saturday ― & yesterday.

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

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