Monday, 26 May 1862

Rose at 7. Scirocco. Dull & overcast. Breakfast ― not very nice. Muir’s ― & P. & O. office: the Vectis may come on Friday or Saturday: place 10£. As the Sicilian boats are slow & bad ― & could save no time ― better wait.

Cloudier, & rain boding. Walked out at 9: walls & 40fications: Florian gardens & bastion. Ξεσχυριον ― boles being bad ― on a “curtain.” ― New road ― new harbor being made. ―― rain: progress slow: ― walked round to Senglea ― interesting streets & town: then to S. Angelo, & so took a boat below the N. Hospital & crossed to Valletta. Pleasant semi Arab boatman. Sponges & Malta stone.

At the Inn by 3.30. At 4 ― dined. One Downes ― of the Commissariat next me ― pleasant enough. Afterwards slept. At 7. To Barracca & drew ― a scene of ultra perfect calm marine city [clarity]! “a clear walled city by the sea.” ―――

Went to Major Burke ― who had called while I was at dinner. Then to Leghs, & sate till 9. Certainly ― so far ― Malta is not ennuyeux. The Marathon is gone.

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

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