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Friday, 31 January 1862

Very lovely all day.

Rose at 8. Bother the dead Rat.

Painted at Corfu A all day.

Did not go out at all.

Luard dined with me ―: a nice fellow.

Penned out: ― & bed at 12.

Ἐτελίωθη καὶ ὁ Γεννάρος.[1]

 


[1] There goes January (NB).


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

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Thursday, 30 January 1862

Rainy mist ― early, cleared at 12.

Worked a little at Corfu ― A. Translated some of A.P.S. Eastern church.

Letter, & paper, & F.L. poems by Alex.ra steamer.

The letter contained

Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Lushington’s cards.

The Corfu (A.) went on very tolerably.

Kind note from Mrs. Decie: ― the Decies inviting me every Sunday: ― particularly good & kind, ― since they are wholly free from want of any visitors.

At 4 ― Lord Ernest Bruce ― a bore ― & his son.

At 5 ― walked by the Kokali house ― Χριστὸς is better ― & back by 6 to, Hotel St. George. ―

Sate awhile with Miss J.G. ― & Mrs. Naylor. At 7 ― home. Dined. After which, Maudes 6 dogs below annoyed me horribly: ― &, wishing to retreat to bed ― the drain began again ― so I grew half crazy with disgust, & hustled the bed mattress onto the west room floor ― sitting to fisnish the Καλαμὰ drawing in a rage. ―

10.30 ― I really half resolve to pack up all, & finish what I can in London: ― going a tour in the Islands till it is time to go back. It does not seem possible to exist here. ―

Vedremo dimani.[1]

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[1] We shall see tomorrow.


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

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Wednesday, 29 January 1862

If possible, lovelier still.

Yet, it must needs that I stay in & work: ― these 4 upper Ascension subjects try me dreadfully ― only, if I leave them I could not well enjoy going out, knowing how impossible it will be for me to move from Corfu, unless they be done & sold. So I have to reflect on the destiny of millions ― who cannot even enjoy the sun in doors as I do. A keen sense of every kind of beauty, is, I take it, if given in the extreme ― always more or less a sorrow to its owner, ― tho’ productive of good to others. ― The coming of J.G. does not aid me either, but rather the contrary. ―

Bye & bye, after several interruptions, Maude came in & what with talking, & one’s work going wrong, & the thought of dining up there with the Forts & Cravens, ― I grew over irritable, ― & now could “cry bitterly” as J.E. said. It is seldom nowadays that I am so “utterly cast down.” ― Weariness of life ― & loneliness!

Rushed out at 5, blinded & weary; ― nor seeing the hill nor sky. Met the nice Decies ― who stopped, & Sir H.J. Stokes, who stopped also. Round by Kastrades, & called at the Kokalis ― Χριστὸς is better: saw all the family. Called at the Sargents: saw no one, & home.

Dined at the Maudes. Fort & Mrs. F. next to whom I sate. Craven & Mrs. C. Maude & Mrs. M. ― Sterling ― & L. By great effort I got tho’ dinner & evening ― but with greatest difficulty. This weary work won’t do.

Fresh row between Maude & Paramythiotti about the dogs, ― wh. Maude ought not certainly to keep in the cellar.

Down in my room by 11. & penned out Kalama drawing till 12.30[.]

“Trouble on trouble ― pain on pain” ― the drain smell is beginning again. I shall not be able to live here anyhow, if anywhere in Corfû.


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

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Tuesday, 28 January 1862

Unwell. ― Painted at 2 Corfus ― till 3.

Called on Julia Goldsmid & Mrs. Naylor ―& walked with them to Kastrades, ― & then, (Straham A.D.C. joining us, ―) to the Casino.

Miss G. walks but little: so we returned by 5.30.

Afterwards, I went again to Kastrades & got home by 6.20.

Dined.

Penned out till 10.20. Kalama drawings.

Χριστὸς is ill again ― & G. has gone to his mothers. I think Χριστὸς will die.


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

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Monday, 27 January 1862

Calm ― gray ― fine.

Accounts.

Worked at 3 Corfûs.

At 2.30 came the Trieste boat, with a glass ― I saw Miss J. Goldsmid & her party.

But the Vessel was declared in Quarantine by some Ionian bother, & it was 4 before they got out.

Called at their Hotel & saw Julia Goldsmid.

Walked from 5 to 6.30 ― by Kastrades, & to sea, home. ―

Dined.

Penned out till 10.30.

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Dreadful night, from a rat gnawing a hole through from the drain into my bedroom. ill.


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Sunday, 26 January 1862

If possible ― more perfectly fine.

Medicine. At home ―: ― called at the Maude’s till at 1. Went to Sir C. Sargents, & with him to the Exhibition ― & then to the Viro road.

Home by 6.

Dinner εις τὸ Παλάτιον.[1]


[1] At the Palace (NB).


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

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Saturday, 25 January 1862

if possible ― fairer: perfect calm & sunshine.

Worked at all 4 Corfus ― figures & goats.

Letters from
A. Empson ―
Mrs. Musters
J. Edwards
Ellis Ashton
& Mrs. Bell.

At 5 ― went to Ascension.

Dined at 6.45.

Penned out ― but not much; as there were 2 papers, the Westminster, & 2 vols. of Turner’s life[1] ― all come to day ― to read.


[1] Probably Walter Thornbury’s The Life of J.M.W. Turner, R.A. 2 vols. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1862.


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