Thursday, 24 January 1861


Rose at 7.30 ― did a little Θουκυδίδης.

Worked ― fitfully & slovenly ― at Bethlehem. But I was much interrupted. Foord’s man, to put up curtains ― W.F. Beadon ― I think better a little, and later, Ralph, Allan, & Mary Nevill: ― 3 dear little children. Ralph ― by far the best head & general “arrangement” of “that ilk.” ―

At 2.30 went to British Museum, & saw C. Newton, ― anent Consulate, Macbean & Cholmley are candidates ― & also ―――― !! Severn! ―

This last monstrous folly is backed by Eastlake & Gladstone!!

So I came away, leaving a card ― on Mr. Gray ― & then to Bob Martineau; ― (the drawings in the Elgin rooms, & the struggle in Martineau’s, were curious to me.) ― After this to Gould’s ― where I saw Prince. Story of G.’s sons, & daughters, the latter sad. ―

Home ― (walking with Somers Cocks.)

James Edwards came: διὰ τοῦτο, τὴν ἑξορίαν τῶν τῶν αύτῶν πραγμάτων: ((For this, the exile of their own affairs (NB).)) ― & sad they are ― yet it seems to me may yet come right. ― At 7.30 to Edgar Drummond’s. He, Mrs. E.D., & Alfred Drummond a brother, there. Dinner extremely good, καὶ κρασι: ((And wine (NB).)) ― there is something very interesting in those 2 ― the sweet, intelligent melancholy of Mrs. D. ― & the straight sailor like friendliness of E.A. Drummond. Home by 11.30: found a kind note from Mrs. Gray.

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

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