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Sunday, 31 August 1862

Threatening rain, but rainless ― gray ― all day.

Rising at 7. writing note to Mrs. Clive, T. Cooper, & Hutton. ― At 9 ― wandering about the old rooms ― prints, miniatures, old china Turtle ― books &c.: hall ― organ, &c. &c. &c. &c. Watercloset ― [Gilleray] & Donaldson, Hottentot venuses &c. &c.

Walk in Gardens. Breakfast. Vandykes ― (one, of H. Maria, for Col. Bradyll.) Snyders, &c. &c. ― The going to Church ― old church ― pew ― service, chanted &c.: pleasant, sermon stupid. Afterwards, walk with Mr. W. immense Chestnut trees. ―

Church. ― Park again ― from 4.30. to 6. ― ―――

Dinner 6.30. Same party. Afterwards, Mr. & Mrs. Wilmot, & her brother.

Anecdote from Mr. W. of Turner.

All sung well ―

Bed at 11.30

Ἂς εὐχαριστοῦμεν τὸν θεὸν![1]

a better month ―

only 9 crosses.

 


[1] Let us thank God! (NB).


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

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Saturday, 30 August 1862

Rose at 6. At 7 it began to rain. ― At 7.30. Breakfast at Mrs. E.’s ― by John’s case ― at 8. off in bus. 8.30. Rail to Scarborough by 9. There I went to an Inn, & got a 2nd breakfast ― waiting till rain ceased. Then I got a guide, & saw (!) Selous’s[1] picture of Jerusalem! ― After that I walked in the Spa Gardens ― really extremely splendid & beautiful: ― & all across the town to the Castle Cliff ― & back to the Railway by 1 ― where lunched, & at 2.30. off again. A dreary wet day ― & dark. At York by 4 ― & off to Normanton ― where ― at 5.11. changed, & off to Wakefield ― there by 5.30. In a fly ― off to Woolley ― & at 6.30 arrived there ― old Eliza better, woody Park ― deer &c. ― Godfrey Wentworth ― courteous: hall staircase & Library: barking dog Trap, likeness to Mr. & Mrs. W. ― Upstairs, & dressed: & dining soon. Very odd remembrances of Wilton Place, ― the world is certainly small, & time ― all time ― “only a minute.” Son ― pare, manca testa;[2] ― daughter, pleasing, & reminding me of Mary W. Dinner good & solid & pleasant: it is well to be forced to these new phases of life. Mr. W. had written again to beg me to stay over Monday ― so I must do so. Letters (from Hutton, & Mrs. Clive, the last enclosing 52.10.0.)

Henry Courtney Selous, Jerusalem in her Grandeur

Evening ― played & sang. To bed at 11.


[1] Henry Courtney Selous (1803-1890) painted two pictures of Jerusalem, “In her Grandeur” and “In her Fall” according to Selous’ Two Grand Pictures of Jerusalem. Boston: Elliot, Blakeslee & Noyes, 1872 (Goodle Books).

[2] No head, it seems.


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

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Friday, 29 August 1862

Fine all day.

Breakfast at 9.

Shewed drawings to the E.’s & a Mrs. Akroyd, Mr. Ridgevy, & Mr. Champney. A pleasant lot.

Drew ― after lunch ― all the afternoon ― finding Miss Cautley ― & going up the cliff with her.


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

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Thursday, 28 August 1862

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Wednesday, 27 August 1862

A lovely, & very white day throughout.

Rose at 6 ― “packed.” Breakfast at 8. ― Little Algy had had the croupe but ˇ[was better.]

At 9.15 ― we were off in the “Drag” ― a mail coach ― Lord W. driving, Lady W. on the box: I, Miss C., Constance, & Caroline behind, Brilby & Aletheia, Mitchell the gardener, & 2 servants behind all. ― A pleasant drive to York. All off in Rail, & at Castle Howard Station by 10.40 ― There, some on foot, some in a bus, & so to the magnificent Castle H. ― one of the finest places I ever saw. Inside however, the rooms disappoint ― none are good: ― pictures, I had mostly seen. Then came walks in the gardens: very fine & pleasant: & at 1  ― Luncheon all together, with every variety ― (fish, chicken & beef sandwiches ―) of food ― & fun. These children are perfectly delightful, & the pranks they play, & the good humour & good sense of all is wonderful. ―

Lord & Lady W. & I walked more in the Gardens, & at 2, all off again in the bus. At 3. they all left me at the Station: a kindlier & finer lot I have not known anywhere. ―――― I had to wait till 5.15 ― & then off onward: (country grows woldy & flat ―) at 6.20 ― [Ganton] ― & at 7. Filey ― really ― pretty bay. ―

Crescent Inn ― where I could only get a room by favour; ― & where I found Mrs. Empson had called: ― tried however in vain to find her, as she had left no number. With difficulty got a dinner, the tyrannical waiter bullying me horridly. At last however, dined well. Afterwards, they brought letters from the post. Edwd. Waterton ― Mrs. Palmer, & Christopher E. ― Mrs. Empson is next room! ― So there I went & found her & Mrs. W. Rowson, & Miss Cautley ― & sate laughing & talking till 10.30.

Bed at 11.

X9


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

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Tuesday, 26 August 1862

Fine all day. ― at times gray[.]

Rose at 6. Greek till 8. Wrote an answer to Mr. Wentworth’s kind letter: & also to Mrs. C. Buxton, Mrs. G. Scrivens, & to Hutton. Breakfast: immensely pleasant: Every way. Mostly wrote till 1. Lunch: always pleasant ― the nice Caroline & sensible Aletheia, ― the good manly Brilby ― & the uncertain Constance ― the benevolent Algernon & the vivacious Dicky: Lady W. ― & Miss Cunningham.

After 3 ― Lady W. took me out to the village, & 1st we went to the Industrial school: 2nd to Infant school. 3rd a cottage with a poor old woman ― whose son & husband had died lately, & her daughter had left her (being a widow & remarrying,) with 3 children ― her grandchildren. The kindness & heartiness of Lady W. ― & her gentleness in talking to the cottagers is truly beautiful. After 1 or 2 more, we went to Stephen Lawley’s house ― & over it: & after that to the gardens where I drew “common objex” ― & so till 6.30. Lady W. is one of a many thousand. ―――

At dinner ―

Converse pleasant.


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

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Monday, 25 August 1862

Very lovely all day ― Less bright after 12 or 1.

Rose at 6. ― Greek. At 9 ― Prayer ― alquanto si sente che manca il puntuale.[1] ―

Breakfast ― pleasant. The children are certainly a remarkable lot: so individualized & clear=cut in character. Drew from 10 to 1 ― at a Sepia drawing of Valley of Jehosaphat ― better than χθὲς.[2]

Then, shewed folios of drawings to Lady W. & the children ― whose remarx are very interesting.

At 4 ― walked out: the Gardens are delightful; ― to the [Stitting flat]: & back by 6.45.

Dinner at 8. Colonel Baker of the 8th & talk of Captain Elephant &c. ―

Bed at 12[.]

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[1] Lear must have meant: “One greatly feels a lack of punctuality.”

[2] Yesterday (NB).


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

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