Perfect calmness & brightness all day.
Slept ― for a wonder ― the first for many a night: in the room next to study.
Worked at Jánina ― till 1. when the Maude noises began, & drove me away. ―
Sent 3 green frogs & 2 Trap Spiders to Mrs. Naylor. It grieves me to see so little of Miss Goldsmid ― but what else can I do?
At 2.30 ― Letters from F.L. ― & William Lushington ― both delightful: the latter particularly, ― & unexpected ― also from Dickenson, ― the 2 pictures were in the Exhibition International.
“Sta a veder” ― as Giovannino the good used to say.
Went to Ascension at 3, & drew in those wondrous olive-groves till 6.15. ― Golden sunset. ―
Home by 7.15. Dined at 7.35.
Penned out till 10.30.
Letter writing out of the question ― yet if one had but a days ― a whole day’s quiet!! ―
Karalambi is better.
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[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]