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Monday, 24 December 1860

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Rose at 8. Very bright, ― cold frost. Walked on Beach=parade. Am to stay over tonight, & to go by early αὒριον ((Tomorrow (NB).)) train. Breakfast. Wrote to Bright, Huish, & Wyatt afterwards. Then called on Mrs. W.Scrivens, ― the elder Mrs. S. ― (84 years old!!) & the Norths. Saw Mr. N. & Marianne. ― ……… Lunch. ― Afternoon walked to St. Leonards: ― Wagners ― Mr. & Miss W. ― called on the [Thurnwoods] also, who are good straight forward people. And how I recollected those endless evening walks, so lonely, & so calm ― last autumn!! ――― Return to Pelham Place. Dinner 6½, very stupendous. ―

Evening ― sang a good deal. bed by 12. ―

Most kindly good people. ―

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

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Sunday, 23 December 1860

Awful cold but bright & sunshine as on the Nile.

Breakfast at 9 pleasant: & after=talk. ― Mónos, talk with Mrs. S. & about the illustrative picture for Mr. W. ―― At 12 (Mrs. W.S. having called,) I walked to V. Crakes, & found his leg was better ― he out. Back at 1 & Lunch. Then, with G.S. ― & Mr. W. ― walk throught the snow ever ― [Tiny] & all ― to Fairlight & beyond, to the “Marathon” trees ― though all the distance was dark & blotted out. & then back to Hastings. We met Mr. North & Catherine N. ― they have been to Rome & Naples ― & saw P. Williams at Rome.

At 6 Dinner ―

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Afterwards played & sang.

Παραπλὺ ομιλία ((A lot of talking (NB).))

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

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Saturday, 22 December 1860

Rose very early & packed. ― At 10, Foords’ people came & took away the 5 pictures. WiddringtonFortescue, Bright, [&] the 2 Huish’s.

At 12 came to London Bridge. Great crowd of people. Mr. Whitman.

Slow & cold travelling to Hastings starting at 2 ― arriving at 5.30.

Dinner at Scrivens, ― very nice & pleasant: & kindly.

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

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Friday, 21 December 1860

Colder ― Χειμῶν εἶναι ((It is winter (NB).)) ――― & all snow: so that I thought Ann would not come. ― But at 11.30 she did ― & had actually walked from home ― not liking vehicles on the slippery roads.

She is very well ― all but eyes ― & vastly cheerful. ― Perhaps we have never had so pleasant a day. ― At 1.30 or 2 we dined ― & then Mrs. Wyatt came & Constance ― who were really pleased with the pictures ― took away the Φιλάτες ― so that has “forsaken me.” ― After 3, I walked all the way with Ann to Stonefield Street, & left her there. Her talk of Pentonville in 1800 was curious enough.

By 5.30 I had walked back thro’ the snow to Stratford Place, & at 6.30 ― I had walked also to the Crakes.

Edward & “Mary Ann” were going out to dine: so I had my evening with the old people. Mr. C. is very much fatter. The old lady ― whom I never could really like ― more obstractious than ever. Mr. C. kindly & good: ― crying suddenly on mentioning John’s name. At tea ― I played ― & talk went on to Oatlands & environs: hence Ockham ― & Lady Lovelace ― & Lord Ockham ((On the Ockhams and Lovelaces see Wikipedia.)) ― (fustian & costume ((A big blot covers the end of this word.)) ―) & Lady Ada. One Miss Johns or Jones ― step daughter ((Also covered.)) of a Rev. Mr. [Pemble] ((Smudged.)) ― seems to have been a [dear friend] ((I am largely guessing, as the blot covers most of these words.)) of Lord B.’s ― who [] Mr. Pemble with Ada Byron directly she was born ― [] ((I cannot read the two words, which are badly smunged.)) Mrs. C. ― I imagined that Mrs. C. knew of the reasons of Lady B.’s leaving Lord B. ― for she ― in her meandering way ― checked herself now & then, & said, “Mr. Pemble was a most cautious man!” ――

Walked back in snow at 10. ―

I dread a journey tomorrow ― & would fain return to Oatlands: μὰλλον εῖς τὸν Ἀίγυπτον. ((Or rather to Egypt (NB).)) ―

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

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Thursday, 20 December 1860

Drew £100 from Drummonds’ ― & placed it in the bank.

Vastly cold! ― After breakfast the 2 Campagna pictures were framed. W.F.B. came in ― but at 11 I went to Drummonds ―: poi Coutts. Then F.L. out. ― & so to Scott the bookers by 1. ― Then to the Bells; dear good Mrs. B. always oppresses me rather. ― Ἐκείνη ἡ φαμίλια ― δὲν εἶναι εύτυχῆς. ((That family ― is not happy (NB).)) ―

Walked back: ― various calls ― & home by 5.

F.L. came. ἡμέραι παρασμέναι ((Days past (NB).)) & went at 6.

At 6.20 J.B. Edwards: ― in a better mood ― his moods being more or less owing to φυσικὰ πράγματα. ((Natural things (NB).))

Went to his rooms, & saw his Carpets: & read some of Mr. Parker’s letters. ―

Dined with him at the club: & sate afterwards.

He is a fine fellow ― Jemmy. ―

Home by 10.30.

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

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Wednesday, 19 December 1860

Very hard frost ― bright & very cold. Rose at 7½ ― & packed.

Left Oatlands at 10.30 ― to be absent for a week ― the 6 unfinished pictures left behind. Took the 7 small ones with me. At Foords by 12 ― & then to 15 Stratford Pl.

Letters from C.F. & F.L. both very nice.

Pleasant banker’s balance.

Wrote to C.F. ― F.L. Ann, S.W.C.

Foords people came to put in the small pictures.

London is truly dreadful to me ― yet the place is at least quiet. From 5 Greek till 6.15.

Dined at the W. Beadons’. W.F.B. rather better. ἡ Κυρία, παχεία. ((The Lady, fat (NB).)) ― Willie at home.

Mrs. Sneyd, (Mother of late Mrs. Cecil Beadon) ― Rev. ― Edwards, & a Mr. Beecher.

Η Ἑσπέρα, μάλλον βαρεία. ((The evening, rather gloomy (NB).))

Cold.

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

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Tuesday, 18 December 1860

Hardish frost ― bright ― dry.

Suddingly ― worked all over the Interlaken, Beirût, & Damascus: & screwed them up ― moving them into the bedroom. Shaved the Cedar sky.

At 3 T. Wyatt came ― & bought the Philates!

Then a letter from Worrington ― ditto the Tiber?

Letter from Edwards Père ― also ― very θαυμαζὸν. ((Wonderful (NB).)) ― There is only Ζαγόρι now for sale. ―

A little walk to Weybridge & round by L. Philippe his tomb ―. “Packed.” ― Dined. ―

Called on & sate with Capt. & Mrs. Huish: ― ― Ἐκεῖνος ἀγαπᾶ τὰ χρήματα. ((He loves money (NB).)) Nevertheless they are good people.

Then, Mr. & Mrs. Hardman, & Miss Howard came & looked at the paintings till 11. ―

Ἒπειτα, pace up ὃλα πράγματα ἐῶς τὰς δώδεκα ὣρας. ((Then, packed up all my things till midnight (NB).)) ―

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Nice letters from Littlegreen also

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

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