Indigestion & misery. Coloured sketches.
Ἣλθε Λῶρδ Κλέρμοντ ― καὶ εἰχαμεν μίαν διαλογίαν δυσαρεσκετὴν.
He introduced gradually the subject of C. & F.W. ― & I saw there was no escaping it. And when he said ― ‘ἐλπίζαμεν ὃτι θὰ πανδρεύσει τον Δοῦκον,’ ― I was obliged to say more. Whereon a long talk, & very painful ― of his own “horror” & dislike of the chances of such a marriage. To wh. I said, ― “my own impression is that if it depends on him, he will marry her.” He then spoke of Mrs. R. ― that she feared it & trembled to hear it, that she would never [sufer] ― antecedents &c. &c. ― much that was true & sad. He spoke very very sorrowfully & truthfully. All I could say was that if it were as possible as I believed it to be, then opposition was needless ― & more, all thoughts of the past should ˇ[as far as possible] be cancelled for the sake of peace & affection. ― He said it was known & talked of by all the county ― that he would never come in again for Louth ― that it would estrange him from all &c. I pointed out that she had lost no friends: that even her last husband’s family were her warmest: that her own position was made & fixed. And, although I did not decide as to whether Mrs. R. should be told it or not ― (I mean the chance,) ― I begged for the present that no more should be said. I told him C. had mentioned my writing to her ― should Events be about to occur ― & that I was sure C. did not know Mrs. R. imagined the matter at all. ――― But it seems she does: ― & if things go as C.F. wishes ― then no end of sorrow is to the fore. I too wish that possibility had never been likely ― but as it is ― all must be done to make things as whole & as charitable as may be. The conversation ended I like Lord C. even better than I did before ― wh. is saying much.
Went out at 4 ― & left cards on Fairbairn, Potter, & Gurney. Met J. Battersby Harford ― who has 7 children now ― 2 sons. ― As usual it rained from 5. ― Returning, found F.L. had been, & at the door met James Hutchinson ― who went back & sate with me till 6.30 ― when I cabbed ― (cabs are scarce now) to Mr. Norths at 3. Victoria Street. ― & the dinner was in this wise ―
Very good dinner. Very good conversation. Very good music.
& so I came away at 11.20 ― & was at home before 12.
 Lord Clermont came ― we had an unpleasant talk (NB).
 We hoped she would marry the Duke (NB).
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]