Dark & gloomy ― up to 10 ― later finer, but showery, more or less.
Worried about the Boswell affair. Also, about the new Lodger, who wants a gaslight chandelier, & my floor to be taken up! ― so ― as I had resolved to go to Ellen’s, ― I said a decided, no. ― And at 10 ― I packed ― & locked up all my rooms & came away. (This sudden freak of Gush’s room-letting, is very inconvenient to me, as well as to Thomas Cooper & Co. ―)
Came to Rail, & at 11.10 ― off to Leatherhead. Found Ellen pretty quiet, & convinced that R.B. had done as he had to terrify her. Went with her to the Streets, lodging near, & she returned & I staid to lunch with them. Sarah is very robust & cheery ― a queery woman! ― & Mr. S. ― at 76 is really a wonder. I thought him very kindly & nice. ―
At 3 came to Rail, & found I had mistaken the hour, the train being gone, & no other till 5.25. Walked about ― not very well, owing to horrid wines Sarah had given me.
At 5.25. Rail to Winbledon ― & fly to Clarence ― the way found with difficulty. Reached the house at 6.50. ― Dinner, quiet & pleasant.
Talking of names ― I said, “my name was nearly Jeremiah” ― whereat Mr. P. said ― “was your father one Jeremiah Lear of the Stock Exchange?” ― & lo! I found he had known him well. And once, he was in debt 1000£ to their bank, but he repaid it!!!! ― Talked much more than usual “of my relations” ― for the Pescotts seem so kind & friendly.
We talked away till 10 ― & after Mrs. P. had gone ― till 11.
Theory of Sir E. Lyons ― (according to Mr. P. ―) of the [more] procreativeness of Otho K. of Greece: viz that his penis was too long: ― & they provided him with indianrubber buffers, but “all in vain.”
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]