Saturday, 24 May 1862

Mirror-like & bright sea. Rose at 7. Not well.

Breakfast ― 8.30 as usual. Did nothing all day, (boles very unwell.) ― but sit in the “ξεσχώριον τὸ ἂσχημον,”[1] & read Bulwer’s ― Alice or the Mysteries[2] ― bosh. ―

Lady V. at lunch: also the little Pharisee McNeile girl. Sunset cloudy. Wrote a note to the Captn. who says I can have back my money ― if I choose to stop at Malta ― if I state my wish on paper: ― for they not only it seems linger at Malta, but go to Messina & Palermo ― & I hear it whispered, are not likely to be at Lpool before the 11th or 12th ― owing to some Dock arrangements. The Liverpool young men play cards & are not pleasant in their lives ― tho’ undivided.

The Capt.’s story about Major Veseys baby ― Majr. V. came & asked if Capt. McA. Would take charge of “his daughter to England ― going without a servt.?[”] ― to which the Capt. assented. At the moment of going a baby 15 months old was brought & left: wholly alone. Baby Vesey was nursed by the Capt. & the Stewards all thro’ the voyage!! ― (Had a Greek done this!!!!!![)]

Also, passage was taken last voyage for an invalide lady ―― it was Miss Henderson ― whom they got on board bound & gagged ― but she turned into a raging lunatic ― &, as we know, was so long before she left Corfu! ― Of course no passengers would come in at Malta. (Had a Greek done this!!!!!![)]

I asked the immense fat stewardess if she were ever ill? ― “Sir I am highly feevered by the Almeety ―” said she ― [“]few is so highly feevered!” ―― [”]But Sir, is your Leddy ― the daughter of Bp. Heber[3] a his widdy? & is it true that a Christian leddy could marry a heathen Greek! And such a backsliding & lowering after being joined to one as  had written such hymns as he did ― which Sir, I know by heart & find it my preeviledge to do so.” ―

O religion of Glasgow!

 


[1] Nina writes: “Ξεχώρι is a village in Messiniaki Mani, up on the mountains, its name meaning “Outer Village”, but I am guessing that he means to say he is sitting on the deck or something.”

[2] Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Alice, or The Mysteries. A Sequel to Ernest Maltravers (1838).

[3] Reginald Heber (21 April 1783 – 3 April 1826) was the Church of England’s Bishop of Calcutta, who is now remembered chiefly as a hymn-writer (Wikipedia).


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

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