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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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