Dull gray ― but vastly warmer, & afternoon fine ― comparatively.
Col. Cockburn ― came & told me much of poor dear W.F. Beadon’s death. He was quite clear & full of good sense & feeling to the rest. ― I bought back the Thermopylæ for 60£. No “commission” for a painting ― in all my life was so kindly & judiciously given as that. ―
I coloured the remainder of the 1860 sketches by degrees, off & on.
And at 4 ― walked across the park to Daddy Hunt’s. Gracious goodness ― those pigeons!
He walked with me ― (he never seems less kindly or more spoiled ―) to Marble Arch ― at nearly 7.
At 7.45 ― went to dine at Sir T. Simeon’s ― & a very pleasant dinner.
I sang a little afterwards.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]