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Thursday, 24 October 1861

Fine ― & always warm anyhow.

Letters from
R. Jameson
W.G. Clark
Mrs. G. Scrivens.
T. Baring
R. Sumner, ― (asking me to Addington ―)
& later
C. Fortescue ― from Florence.

At 10.30 came the 2 Miss Beauforts ― & were delighted with the Thebes particularly. Also with the Nile sketches ― wh. ― & Syria they looke over till 2. They are cleverish, educated women ― but unoriginal & cold=hard, ― spite of the written epanchement, Emily B. reminds me of Margaret Sermoneta in some things. ― Miss Goldsmid is worth 410 of them.

Robt. Martineau also came ― & at 3 I walked out with him. Went, thenceforth, to buy a map, & to Maclean’s, ― whom I saw, & to whom I proposed the new Corfû work of 12 drawings.

Home & dressed, & to poor dear W.F. Beadon’s ― taking him 4 pictures to show him ― & the new nonsenses. He grows weaker & worse ― yet enjoyed the Evening: ― a sad weary life of suffering! ― yet the end is not far off.

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

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Wednesday, 23 October 1861

Bother. Very fine all day. But Dalzells’ people came, & Mr. Bergmann early: & later Woolner & Palgrave, & later Jessie Foy & Emily Jones ― which last staid a long time. Jessy must have been amazingly pretty ―. ――― ἀλλὰ ((But.)) ―――

I painted very little, except that early Ι repainted Mr. Whitmore’s sky & Ducks, & reddened the hills.

I had no heart to go out ― so dined at home on cold beef.

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

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Tuesday, 22 October 1861

Fine up to 10 ― after wh. dark & wet mostly.

Worked somewhat at Statues of Thebes.

Came ― Elim Avigdor
Mrs. Beadon
Mr. Snow.
Mr. Whitmore.
G. Middleton. ―

At 4 Scratched out the Duck in Whitmore’s Thebes.

At 5 ― in cab ― pouring rain ― to Bergmanns. Mr. Philip B. & a Mr. Baker there only. Dinner good ― but not over pleasant. But I want toleration.

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

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Monday, 21 October 1861

Lighter. Worked somewhat at the last of the 1860 pictures, ― the 2 statues of Thebes. ―

Wrote to
F.L.
Lady Westbury.

No one came. So at 3.30 I went across the Park, & to Brompton, & called on the “Jones’s” ―― & there was

Jessie Foy

Jessie is wonderfully like her father & my Aunt & Father, but good-looking & very lively & nice: indeed rather charming.

Walked back ― & dined on cold beef alone. ―

Wrote to Bern S.

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

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Sunday, 20 October 1861

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Wrote to
E. Avigdor
Lord Clermont
J. Edwards
Lady Goldsmid
H. Grenfell
B. Husey Hunt
Capt. Jameson
W. Nevill
E. Newsom
Adml. Robinson
Mr. Whitmore

Pitchy dark day.

Awful fog & darkness all through. Wrote or slept by fitz. At 4 called on “Miss Beauforts,” whom, however, after all, I scarcely saw ― it was so dark. They do impress me as other than very educated.

Next, called on Fairbairns’, ―― & drew for the children ― certainly most interesting all of them. Gordon ― Reginald, ― & Florence. Mrs. F. asked me to stay & dine ― & so I stayed. F. came in, with Daddy Hunt, & Bob Martineau. No one else: & certainly the dinner was as pleasant as good. ― The deaf & dumb children must be delightful. The stories of Dadd ― especially that of the folio of his friends all good likenesses, but all with their throats cut! ―― & his present picture of the end of the world!! ―

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

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Saturday, 19 October 1861

Fine & bright as yesterday. Finished Lord Clermonts Dead Sea, I believe ― & Jamesons Jannina.

At 2 Foords people came & framed in all but the 2 Statues of Thebes.

Did not go out all day.

Dined at home.

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

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Friday, 18 October 1861

Fine: directly after breakfast went to Waterloo Station, where were Caroline Jones & two of her daughters, who went back when C. & I went to Leatherhead ― by 11.10 train.

(When last in England Mrs. Chalmers had called on her! ― It seems my cousing [sic] Emily C. is dead: also George C. ||Frederick C. has married Miss Marsh ― sister of Miss Marsh the well-known.) ― At Ellens ― after a walk across the fields ― very pleasant ― it was sad enough. Yet that most amiable Caroline sees only the bright side of all, & is an A. no. 1 Christian. She & I returned at 5.25, & I put her into an Omnibus at the Strand.

Walked home: supper.

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

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