Saturday, 26 July 1862

Very fine ― (for England) ― all day. i.e. Sun.

Painted early & until 2 P.M. at the Psararous Corfu ― & not ill ― as things go. ―― At 3.15 ― (no one came,) went to Waterloo Rail & so to Basingstoke by 5.20. Kind Lady Westbury was there to meet me. ― At Hackwood were the ‘angel in the house’ ― & Miss Gye: & Wally. A walk in those Hackwood shades before dinner ― once more with Gussie ―― & Miss G. ― Dinner, thus,

(Lady W.’s account of Fanny Coombe’s “dodging her all over the Exhibition,” ― was hardly what F.C. had liked to hear.)

& it was very pleasant. The L.C. was more agreable than I almost ever knew him. His anecdotes of the Turner lawsuits ― & many other matters were amazing. Also of his withstanding 5. Cabinet minutes about Stamp duties ―― apropos of a life of himself in the London Review.[1]

Later, he asked for “the Phantom bark” ――!! which I sang. How silent it is here!

 


[1] “Men of Mark. ― No. 1. The Right Hon. Lord Westbury, Lord High Chancellor of England.” The London review and weekly journal of politics, literature, art, and society, 5.108 (Jul 26, 1862): 80-82.


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

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