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Tuesday, 31 December 1861

Same glorious brilliant weather.

Giorgio returned at 7 A.M. Poor Spiro lies in the same state.

Penned out drawings: incapable of thought=work. No letters by Trieste boat.

Hutton & Sanson called.

G. who was out from 10 to 3 ― says Spiro is much the same: it is Pleurisy ― but they hope, by bleeding again, to prevent danger. Nevertheless, φοβοῦμαι. ((I am scared (NB).))

At 4 ― walked out & was overtaken by Craven ― whose brother married Mrs. Slingsby Bethell’s sister (!)― much talkin[g] of Hackwood, Gussie Bethell &c.

Dined at 6.20. George went home afterwards. ―

Penned out Φιλάτες drawings till 9.15. Sleepy ― tired & to bed.

Ούτως ἐτελίωθη, ((Thus ended (NB).)) 1861.

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

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Monday, 30 December 1861

Same lovely weather ― but cold in the shade.

At 9 ― went out ― principal shops shut by order of the L.H.C. owing to Prince Albert’s death.

Took 4 rooms at the Hotel S. Giorgio for Miss Goldsmid &c., from the 20th at 10/ a day if they stayed a month, 12/ a day if less than a fortnight.

Returned & made tracings of P. Pelissier & Cormayeur. Giorgio not returning ― I wondered what has occurred & go down to Post ― getting an Observer or the 22nd. ― (Meet Count G. Henckel ― going off to Alex.dria.) Returned, & penned out ― Ponte Pelissier.

At 2.30 George comes in & says Spiro is taken violently ill ― I fear bronchitis or diphtheria ― 3 doctors are with him. I greatly fear he will not recover this time.

After placing my tracings on canvass, I went out at 4.30. ― & walked by the new Parguenote road ― & so round by Kastrades.

At 6.30 ― found G. had returned. Poor Spiro is in the same state. Dined at 7 ― & afterwards G. went home, & I suppose will sleep there.

I penned out Philates drawings till 10.30.

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

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Sunday, 29 December 1861

Particularly lovely day.

Wrote to C. Fortescue & ˇ[T.] Cooper, & H.J. Grenfell, & Mrs. Scrivens.

Went to Church at 11.

At 1 ― saw rooms at the Hotel S. George. At 2, to Sir C. Sargents ― (where was Count G. Henckel,) & then walked with Sir C.S. to Εὐροποῦλι ― wonderfully lovely view thence.

Dined at Mr. & Mrs. Decies ― very pleasant young Luard there.

Returned at 10.30.

Wrote to dear good Mrs. Empson.

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

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Saturday, 28 December 1861

Fine all day ― bright & not over cold.

Boles all wrong ― & headache.

Painted at Butrinto & Dead Sea ― but ill enough.

Post 2 papers ― weekly express {16th to 18th | 18th to 20th} & a letter from T. Cooper ―with Insurance receipt &c.

one also from C.F.

Mr. Harcourt died on the 19th! As F. says ― “surrounded by death on all sides ―” ――― one feels really.

I could not work any more but walked out at 4. ―Meeting the Herberts returned with them.

Dined at 6.45.

Penned out but little.

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

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Friday, 27 December 1861

Turin half day.

Warmer ― & quite fine! ˆ[nearly] all snow gone off Salvador ― & the sun nearly all day.

9.15 ― to 1. Worked at Turin[.] ― Afterwards ― 2 skies of Philæ & Olympus.

Then Col. Maude came in.

Afterwards Bolland & his sister ― all which unsettled me: nevertheless I did a little of Butrinto foreground.

At 5 ― to 6.15. Penned out a small Janina sketch: 6.15. wash brushes & dress.

7. Dined ‘upstairs’ with the Maudes. Col. M. ― Mrs. M. & her brother ― (who seems a sort of p caste?) Dinner & “entourages” ― not good, or well ordered. ― All extremely “Irish.” ―

Yet Col. M. used to go to breakfast at Shrewsbury House, & asks if there was not a “very pretty daughter ― Sara, & also one, less pretty but very nice, Lucy?”

ἡτον, μὲ φαίνεται. ((The was, I think (NB).))

Came down at 9.15 ― & penned out again till 10.50. ― ossia ((Or rather.)) 11. at the last of the Jánina drawings here.

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

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Thursday, 26 December 1861

Turin

Just as cold, & wetter. Very unpleasant. But I cannot say I suffer as much in these rooms as I did one year at Condi Terrace.

From 9 to 5 ― worked at Turin: tolerably well. Went upstairs & called at Maudes & Cravens ―― both out.

At 6 dinner ― ὤς Χθὲς. ((As yesterday (NB).))

& penned out 3rd Jumerka=Janina sketch till 10.15.

It is a great thing to get over any part of the ‘winter’ easily ― & so far, so good.

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

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Wednesday, 25 December 1861

Half day of Turin ―

What an odd Xmas day! To begin with, a hard North Easter, & Salvador ― (when seen for Mists,) covered with snow 2 thirds down! 

Sent G. out to his home, & wrote to R. Fowler, & worked at Turin ― very decently.

At 3 ― Hutton, a nice fellow, & Sanson, ditto, came, & staid till 5.

At 6 I dined ― on Maccaroni & cold beef, ― & penned out 2 Jumerka Janina sketches, till 10.40.

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

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Tuesday, 24 December 1861

half day ― Florence ― & Turin.

Sent letters to
Ellis Ashton
Mrs. Bell.
S.W. Clowes.
J.B. Edwards.
T. Cooper ― {Dickenson | Tarrant}
Mrs. Robinson
Mrs. Bergmann.

A miserably sleepless night. Morning gray. ― After breakfast ― I work a little at the Florence olives. But I am mortissimo (Absolutely dead.)) in body & soul. ― Yet looking back ― even as far as 6 years old ― (at the clown & circus at Highgate,) ― & then to all since ― how can it be otherwise? The wonder is, things are as well as they are through constant fighting.

Gray ― & showery at times. ― Worked from 2 to 5 at the Turin ― buildings & trees: all ill.

A weary day: ― but when I have I not been weary in winter time ― or indeed anywhere when settled? ― or indeed ― anywhere?

Wrote to Jane Hunt.

&, before dinner, a good deal to Lucy Francillon ― kind good Lucy.

Dined. The Maudes seem always away now-a-days ― & oft in the “stilly night” is the order of the day.

Penned out large Jumerka Janina sketch: ― & so bed at 10 ―

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

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Monday, 23 December 1861

Florence ― half day ―――― (6th day) ――

A gray day ― & rain at 4, but only drizzle.

After accounts &c. ― G. brought the Observer of the 15thPrince Albert died on Saturday ―as I had heard.

Letters from J.B. Edwards ― who is in the expectation of being ordered off to America: ― I incline to think that the best thing for him. ― From Miss Goldsmid, who comes on the 27th January: & from A. Tarrant.

Wrote a good deal, & worked at the buildings of Florence till 5. ―

Did not go out at all. Wrote to Mrs. Bergmann before dinner.

Dined. But G. had a fit of grumbling ―having been obliged, owing to a fête of S. Spiro tomorrow & Xmas day after, to go hither & thither for heaps of things. After a time he came into decent humour ― for he is always amenable to reason if kindly urged to him.

However, he went on growling again ― & went out at 8.

I set to work penning out, & finished the Temple Corfu view begun on the 5th & 6th. But as at 10 G. had not come in, I wonder what is come to him. At 10.30 I have done my work ― & just then I hear the Σουλιοτ enter.

I really do half think it would be better to cut Greece for the present ― altogether: for poor Giorgio as well as for myself. For he can get no other master while I am hereabouts, & I do not think his staying with me is  for his benefit.

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

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Sunday, 22 December 1861

The 5th Sunday here ― & would I were away: yet I bethink me, Sundays ― when I am settled anywhere, ― are always “sad & strange.” However, the day is once more lovely to a fabulous degree. ―

After breakfast wrote to Mr. Ashton of Hayton ―― & read & wrote ― determining not to go to Church till next Sunday ― till 1. When G. came back with his 2 boys. Nicolo the eldest is a fine lad with good expression & eyes. Little Karalambi is very pretty but I think very delicate, & I do not think, if he does not get stronger, that he will live. But what is life?

“O Life! ― o earth! ― o time! ―”

Now ― 1.30 ― to go out, or not? There are times when this loneliness is too dreadful almost to bear ― yet it is less so of late ― & yesterday I was much better. There are so many causes now also for dejection ― over & above those of old ― that on the whole I think myself better.

However, at 2 I walked over the new “Parga” road, to the Potamò ditto, & then by the Govino marsh road up to the Potamò giro, ((Tour, or walk.)) which I took. The glen=scenery ― or rather glades of olive woods ― so filmy & sparkly are truly wondrous ― & almost inimitable: & so also the light olives above Potamo, with the sea & snow mountains: & the thick groves of Εὐροπώλυς ―: ― then, the black-kerchief’d dames of Ποταμὸς, ― & so slowly ― & sadly ― to the Alipõ road & across by the Poplars to the S.ta Decca, & so ‘home’ by 6¼. ― Giorgio turned out a dinner of macaroni, duck & sausages, & I asked questions of Suli, ― but he is abstract & “testa di Legno” ((Literally, “wooden-headed,” meaning “stubborn, obstinate.”)) as he says of his son Nicólo. ― The Maudes are tolerably quiet in these days. But I by no means feel that it is profitable to go on long ― even so long as 3 months here.

Wrote to Mrs. Bell: & penned out 4 small 1857 Jánina drawings till [10 or] ((Blotted.)) 10.20.

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

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