Friday, 30 August 1861

V. Petraija. 6.

Work all day ― barring newspaper, & a long letter to C.F. & one to his Aunt. That dear good old Lady is not very well it seems, ― by a nice letter from him to day. One also from Mr. Morier later in the day. Weather fine ― sunny but windy.

Worked at the hills & city, in the Petraja: anyhow, much work is done, come it to what it may, & every day, wearily as it goes by, knocks off one more of this phase of destiny.

Read Miss E. Beaufort ((Beaufort, Emily A. Egyptian Sepulchres and Syrian Shrines. 2 vols. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1861.)) at times: too “religious” & flashy. ― Dined at 4 ― on one sole, & 2 potatoes & some few small beers.

At 7.25 walked in the dim dying light. Bed at 9.15.

A week gone here!

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

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