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Monday, 17 March 1862

Very fine ― & lovely ― N. wind after 3

Worked at Fairbairn’s Florence ― Cypresses & vines. ― Annoyed by Carri. ―

Left off at 3.30 ―― Post Steamer being in.

Letters from J.B. Edwards ― cheery & nice.
& from Edward Clive ― sad enough: ― Mr. Clive has had a fit of Apoplexy, & although recovering, is still ill.

Dream life indeed!

At 5 ― called on Luard, & walked to Candonis, (― Mrs. Woolff out:) ― & so round by Kastrades & home by 7. dined,

Wrote to Ellen & Edwd Clive.

& penned out, (No. 10 ― 1860 Spezzia tour) ― till 11[.]


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

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Sunday, 16 March 1862

Gray ― fine ― gleamy ― warm ― very.

Wrote to Ellen ― after breakfast. ―

Went to church at 11. Cecil Lane ― overtaking me. ― He seems the same good plain fellow as of yore.

Clark preached from ˇ[about] those dreadful old bores Jacob & Esau. Also the church was crowded & a bore. ― So I shall not try the morning again. Home by 1.

To Miss Goldsmid, ― & with her & Mrs. Naylor to Garuna. Wonderfully lovely place! ― & beyond, to the bay ― walking at times: also to [Cαστελλάκσι]. Pleasant drive ― quâ drive ― albeit I hate drives: ― & Sundays are ever odious here. ― Home by 6.

Dressed, & went to Decies, at 6.30 ― but they had gone on boat to [Lpool. St.ma] ― with their nurse & baby, & so, I went to the Casino solo.

Dined, , De Vere, Majr. Buchanan  & I ― most pleasant: afterwards, sang. ―

But ―― Mrs. E. Stanley is dead ―.

Poor Arthur. ―――

[][1]

Walked back ― what moonlight! ― by 12. ―

 


[1] A blotted word.


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

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Saturday, 15 March 1862

Fine ― gray ― gleamy ―warm.

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No sleep till 5 ― that disgusting young Sterling making a row all night ― μεθυσμένος, μοῦ φαίνεται.[1]

Worked little ― (Cypresses of large Florence) ――― but not ill.

At 1.30 went out: called on Le Mesurier who went with me to the Ascension Temple ― where I drew till 6. (Le Mesurier staid till 5.)

Παρασκευὴ ― the nice girl of Ἀνάλειψις ― came to talk to me.

Home by 6.30.

Dined.

& Penned out till 10.

 


[1] Drunk, I think (NB).


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

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Friday, 14 March 1862

Gray ― gleamy ― calm.

Ill ― from sleeplessness: & no sooner had I begun to work on Florence ― unwell & hardly able with all my attention & application, to proceed as I wished ――― those horrible=silly Mauds began their noises above: ― she playing some 2 score of bits ―not 3 minutes each, from various operas ― all out of tune ―― & between whiles pushing her chair away & scampering: ― her brother whistling or knocking chairs down. Then came in G. ― no letters & only a paper of February 10! ―― So this last straw broke the camel’s back ― & I put all on one side & vowed to go ―― packing 2 boxes ― all my books that instant.

Resolving to walk to Garuna ―― another steamer came in ˇ[at noon] ― so I wait, & at 1 P.M. send G. again. ―

One letter, from Ellen ― who is very kind in writing so regularly.

So I walked straight up ―but slowly, to Sta. Decca. What unsurpassable beauty of distance & of foreground! ― Beyond ― I went one mile & returned ―.

All the 7 miles I did in 16 minutes each, ― as was becoming.

Dined at 7 ― cold beef. ―

All the books, ordered of Bickers ―have come ―― a pleasure.

Penned out a little.

Above is a shrieky shrieky music ˇ[(a day howling all the time)] ―― enough to drive one mad ― tho’ it is scientific enough. ― But it is certain that this sort of life will not do.


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Thursday, 13 March 1862

Gray ― all day: gleams of sun later.

Painted at ˇ[Fairbairn’s] Florence ― olives & vines ―but was very unwell all day.

Col. & Mrs. Herbert & Miss Fergusson came.

Did not go out.

George has a bad eye.

Went at 7 to dine with Miss Goldsmid ―but was too unwell to eat.

Home by 10.

Little sleep ― from noise overhead


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Wednesday, 12 March 1862

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Ill ― & hardly able to work at all ― all day.

Large floating clouds ― but fine all day.

Walked a little ― 5.30 ― 6.30.

Dined at 7.

Penned out till 10.


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

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Tuesday, 11 March 1862

Same ― lo stesso ― calm bright perfect.

Worked disturbato[1] ― (Senator of S.ta Maura being brought to see the house ―― & afterwards, the new Italian Consul ― by G. Paramythioti ― Charteris not having taken the rooms after all. ―― Later, came Craven ― who is in doubt about going ― as to a week or two or three: a sad bore for me.[)]

Worked at a small “Florence” till 4.30.

Walked by Mandrucchio & round ― at 5 meeting Woolff & returning a bit with him towards Casa Candoni, & so home by 7.

At 7.30 Luard ― & dined. ―

Read Guinevère again to him.

Penned out no. 6 Spezzia drawing. ―

L. went at 12.

Bed 12.15.

Ehi! one year ago! ―

 


[1] Bothered.


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

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