Friday, 13 June 1862

XX3

Rose at 8 ― o dear dear! these dinners! ― More amendments & resolves. ―

“Packed.” & at 12 called on Col. Hornby ― out: & then met Mr. Pender ― with whom, at his request,  went to his home & saw a lot of drawings ― all bosh but one of plums by the old Hunt: a wondrous melody of colour. ― ―― Then I called at the Norths’, out also ― καὶ τότε ἐπέστρεψα.[1] ― At 3.30 ― to Waterloo Station ― & 4.15 ――― on to Twickenham. Rain in torrents at times. ― Strawberry Hill once more.

There were many people. In the Garden were Lady W. ― & Lord Chelsea ― just as if it were 10 years ago ― more or less. She looks better & younger & prettier than ever. ― From 6 to 7.30 ― I was in my room ― & penned out some small remaining 1857 drawings ― having first seen the new rooms and attractions.

At 9. we dined.

After dinner slow converse. At 11.30 society collapsed.

{Bidwell, ― told a story of Pelessier ― who, in a gt. party, (where Lord S. de R. was, ― the latter just on the point of setting out on his last mission to Constantinople ―) said ― aloud ― “I have a message to the Sultan wh. I shall feel glad if you will deliver.” ――

“Dites donc ― M. le Marechal” said Lord S. ― & the company were all attentive.

“Dites au Sultan que je lui conseille de dormir seul pour un mois s’il ne veut pas mourir”[2] ――― Lord Stratfords face was a sight.}[3]

 


[1] And then I returned (NB).

[2] Tell the Sultan I advise him to sleep alone for a month if he does not want to die.

[3] This passage appears next to Bidwell’s name in the drawing of the table disposition.


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

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