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Monday, 31 December 1860

Irritation. Rose at 7.30 ― packed: & at 8½ looked at rooms below ― & fixed to take them ― for [it’s] waste of all real & chance to leave the Masadas & Cedars.

At 9.15 to Rail ― cold & foggy: at Foords ― sending down 2 men to move the pictures. Called on Mr. Morier, & lunched with him & Miss M.: wonderful man ― 78 Αετ.

Most awful dirt & cold in London.

Waterloo ˇ[Station] before 4 ― [a sentence is crossed out].

Found the pictures moved ― & in the 2 new rooms: passed the evening in unpacking & rearranging ― weary work. ―

and so ends 1860.

ἐτελειώθη. ((It’s over (NB).))

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

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Sunday, 30 December 1860

Pouring rain, & hot!!!!!!! τι καιρὸς! ((What [foul) weather! (NB).))

Rose ― & wrote through the day ― some 15 letters.

Callen on Mrs. Davidson ―nice old lady.

Just after ――――― dire confusion.

The great cistern had burst, & the rooms were being flooded.

Had to pack like lightening ― & did so.

Dined.

Then, perceiving how fearfully damp all things were, I saw I could not stay in these rooms anyhow ― & packe all.

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

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Saturday, 29 December 1860

Masada 14 day

Letters from Ann, W.N. ― & Wyatt ― wrote to all them, & later to Drummond, W. Gush [] C.F. Cold truly horrivle. Ill.

Yet I worked on the Masada ― but until 1 or 2 P.M. not at all well.

Got Miss Dent to nail list on the doors &c., & make the bedroom warmer, ― & curtains heavy.

Dinner at 5. Miss Howard, & the Hardmans. ― Upstairs, worked again at Masadada till 10. One knows so little what one does or undoes. ―

Ὦ Μαύραι ἡμέραι! Τὶ θὰ κάμωμεν; ((O dark days! What are we to do? (NB).))

Ἄφισα διὰ πολλὰς ἡμέρας, ἡ παράφρασις τοῦ Θουκυδίδου: δὲν ἐμπορῶ νὰ κάμω τίποτες. ((I have abandoned for many days now the translation of Thucydides: I cannot do anything (NB).))

Σχεδον ἐπαράσθη ὁ χρόνος. ((The year is almost over (NB).))

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

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Friday, 28 December 1860

Lady Hornby is gone.

Most horrible deadly cold ― & deeper snow. Then, at breakfast ― letters from Col. H. & Jamie, that “Aunt Maria” had died on Xmas day! ―― ―― A strange feeling ― & not to be reconciled with reality. ― Dear kind good wise Lady Hornby! ―― There are no words whereby one can write her worth or my loss.

I could not work ― & went up to town: & saw Col. Hornby. ― In Stratford Pl. ― & then to Tor Villa. Visit to Hn. Hunt ― not satisfactory: ― he would work ― & rightly ― but as there was ― (as there always is) ― someone in the room ― I could not talk. And the portrait he is about is absolutely shocking ― & I think he feels this & is all the more dogged thereat. ―― So I came away, δυστυχῆς. ((Unhappy (NB).)) ― Hard work after 2 long snow walks.

Cab from Stratford Pl. to Waterloo Station, & to Oatlands by 6.30. Dined upstairs: & wrote to several.

Col. H. tells me also that Mrs. Ellis Ashton is dead ―― but I cannot yet think this.

Ἀρκοῦν τὰ κακιὰ. ((Enough with the bad [things] (NB).))

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

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Thursday, 27 December 1860

Masada 13 day

Horrible cold ― & deeper snow.

Indigestion & deadly cold.

I do not think I can bear it after all, but would fain start off south.

Scraped the Masada ― & painted the sky: ― then drew myself γυμνὸς ((Naked (NB).)) ― & got more cold of course. Then painted the 2 figures somewhat ―.

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Very miserable.

Nice letters from J. Edwards ― & R. Bright.

Went out to the Library, ― but it snowed hard; returned, & dined at 6. “Mr. & Mrs. Hardman.”

Cold so intense that I have asked a fire in my bedroom.

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

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Wednesday, 26 December 1860

[Perfectly] awful cold. Left after breakfast ― & rail ― (Mr. Robertson in carriage ―) to London by 11. Called at Drummonds & then to Stratford Pl. ― & back to Waterloo by 12.30 ― then ― rail to Weybridge, & at Hotel by 2.

Arranged all ― a beautiful letter from W.H.H. ― to whom I wrote.

Walked on the terrace till 5 ――― then arranged rooms.

6½ dined. Hardman there.

Afterwards from 8 to 9½ scraped figures in the Masada. ――

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

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Tuesday, 25 December 1860

Rose ― dark & cold ― at 6. Coffee & breakfast: at no house is there better caring for guests. ― Rail at 7.20 to Lewes. Bitter cold ― sunless. ― Most dreary “buco” ((Hole.)) is Lewes! & that black damp cold garden! ―――  At 2 ― to 4 ― Bern & I walked ― & that is livelier than the awful dungeon cold of their house. Dinner excellent, & they kindly ― but nothing can outweight the deadly dire cold!

In the evening I could not sing in the cold ― which I think they did not like or attribute to the true cause ― for, from habit, they cannot perceive the horrid cold of their house, nor its effects on others. ―

Packed ― & bed by 11.

O! O! cold!

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

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