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Friday, 16 November 1860

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Very fine day.

Letters from P. Williams ― & Anne Scrivens. Painted at the small Cerbara.

Almost resolved to flee ― anywhere ― but didn’t.

4 to 5½ ― saw Mr. Lyle ― & walked to Walton.

Ἐγευμάτισα μόνος: ἔπειτα, ζωεγράφισα κὰι ἔγραψα. ((I dined alone: then, penned out and wrote (NB).))

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

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Thursday, 15 November 1860

No good sleep. Day fine. ― Letters from F.L. ― δὲν ἔρχεται ((He isn’t coming (NB).)) ― Grove ― (to whom I wrote ―) & W. Sandbach.

Worked pretty hard all day ― 10 to 4 ― at the Tiber view. ― Walked by sandy roads from 4 to 5.30. ―

Dined monos. Penned out a whole drawing. Bed ― 11.

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

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Wednesday, 14 November 1860

Slept well. ― Letter from Ann, & wrote to her. She gets better.

Day gray ― warmer. ― ὁλίγον ἥλιος. ((A little sun (NB).))

Paiνted at Philate, ― & how completely the carrying out the sketch brings the life of those days of August 1856 back again ― strangely dreamy! ― when lame & ill, I lay on the rugs over the door of Jaffier Pashas palace, & watched the Albanian Evening life.

At 4 walked till 5 ― the walks are pleasant here ― & less monotonous than at St. Leonards in 1859. ―

Dined at 6.

Wrote Greek, but fell asleep. ―

Penned out a little. ―― Weary.

On all beyond I purposely close my eyes ― & think nil. ―

Finished the Mill on the Floss ― a very skillfully written, but unwholesome book & bad.

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

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Tuesday, 13 November 1860

“We are going back again” ― it seems.

Rose at 7.30. Breakfast. Gray day at first ― the sun!!!!!! from 11 to 2. And not cold ― except indoors.

Worked at the small Zagóri ― but fitfully ― reading & writing at times ―: letters having come from W. Nevill, Baring, & C. Church. ― C.M.C. is pleased ― κὰι μ’ ἀρέσκει τοῦτο ((And I like this (NB).)) ― with his drawings.

Worked most at painting from 2 to 4.

Scarcely went out ― alcuni passi. ((A few steps.))

Dined at 6.

Upstairs ― penned out till 10 ― & wrote ― & Greek. Μάλλον ἐυτυχὴς ἡμέρα. ((Quite a happy day (NB).))

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

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Monday, 12 November 1860

21 Day Cedars

Rose at 7.30. Day fine. Breakfast with J.B.E. ― & afterwards walked with him to Weybridge Station, where, standing about, I got chilled. Returned before 12 ― & worked a little in darkening the trees, ― but grew ill.

Slept.

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Slept.

read. “Mill of the Floss.” [sic]

did nothing more to painting ― knowing I could only spoil what I touched.

A day provoking & rememberable ― as if one had died or gone clean out of reason.

Yet I remember that I never could work, if I did not do so at once & directly after breakfast.

The plans ahead of J.B.E. are curious enough ― & a great deal of character opens out in this young man, who is an uncommon one.

Painted but little more: & at 4 walked beyond Walton, & back by 6.15.

Ἐγευμάτισα μόνος. ((I had dinner alone (NB).))

Penned out somewhat.

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

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Sunday, 11 November 1860

A fine (November,) gray day ― cold ― sunless generally.

Letters from W.H. Hunt, ― & Mrs. H.J. Hunt. ――― Arabella Gage is dead. ――

After breakfast at 10.45 J.B.E. & I set out, & went over & through St. George’s Hill ― & its blue blue firs & brown fern ―― to Paine’s Hill ― & Cobham Street ― & Cobham: & so to Stoke D’Abernon: where we turned & went to “Bullock’s farm” ― & then by “Occupation road,[”] ― to lanes, & a ――― green. ― After that, returning, we went over commons for a long way ― & came in a circle inopportunely to Bullocks farm again ― whence by roads various to Oxshott ― where we had beer & a biscuit. So on to Claremont, Esher, Hersham & Walton ― & to the Hotel by 5.30. Some 18 or 20 miles μεθὶνξ. ((Methinks.))

Dinner acceptable.

Evening in my room. ―

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

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Saturday, 10 November 1860

Cedars 20th day.

Day, gloomy, dark, foggy ― cold, damp ――― altogether horrible.

Letters from Ann & L. Shakespear. Wrote to Mrs. S. Worked a good deal at Cedars, when there was light enough.

I must be better somehow than in other years ― or I could not keep up in this frightful gloom & physical suffering.

Possibly Edwards may come tonight ― but I hardly think he will in such weather.

Walked up & down & about ― but it rained more or less. At 6.30 J. Edwards came.

Dinner: & talk: & evening in my room.

(Ὁ Κύριος Δρούμονδ ― ὁ συζυγὸς τῆς ἀδελφῆς τῆς Κυρίας Λίζερ ― εἶναι ὁ ἵδιος Δρούμονδ ποῦ εἶδα εἰς τὸν Κωλόνιαλ Ὅφις ― διὰ τὸν Τἀλβοτ ― γραμματεῖς καὶ οἱ δύω ― τοῦ Λόρδου Δέρβι.) ((Mr. Drummond ― the husband of Mrs. Lizar’s sister ― is the same Drummond I saw at the Colonial Office ― by Talbot ― [they are] both secretaries ― of Lord Derby (NB).))

Queer chains of life.

Bed at 11.

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

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