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