Thursday, 4 September 1862

Finer all day ― no rain.

Rose at 6 or 7 ― having packed.

Walked with Edmund Hutton from 8 to 9 ―: he is an intelligent & pleasant fellow. ― Breakfast: perpetual “chaffing” doth abound.

Afterwards, Morland H. took 2 photographic views of us, at the end of which there was just time for me to get into a dogcart & drive away.

The Huttons are pleasant kindly merry people ― but with little interest intellectually speaking ― save their primitive & affectionate modes. ―

“We come no more, to that golden shore.”

Drove to Torksey station: ― at 11. Rail to Retford.

At 12 ― rail to London. One agreable passenger ― (Stephen ― Doncaster?) inside. ― At Kings Cross by 3.15 ― & Stratford Place before 4.

Found letters from C.M. Church ― they have a little girl, ― from T.G. Baring ― asking me to his home on the 12th. ― (Wrote to those 2 & F.L.) ― from Mrs. G. Scrivens & others.

Unpacked a deal. & at 5.30 ― walked to W. Nevills. Found him very tête montée ― having been at Scarboro’ (!!!) & ― (so it seems,) fallen half in love with a Miss James ―― whom he vows he will marry!

Ralph at home. dinner & tea. Talk of Ralph’s life. poor W.N. is so irregular & queer, it is next to impossible to talk seriously with him. Later came Willie & Mr. Dearlove. & at 9.30. I came away. Cab home.


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



Filed under 1862, Diary Entry

2 responses to “Thursday, 4 September 1862

  1. Does anyone know whence the line “We come no more to the golden shore, where we danced in days of old”?

    • Lear often quotes the lines, but I was unable to find an exact precedent.
      Shakespeare, The Merry Wives of Windsor. I.iv. Falstaff to Robin: “Hold, sirrah, bear you these letters tightly; | Sail like my pinnace to the golden shores.”
      Lear also used it on 15 Aug 1862, 26 Aug 1861, 4 Aug 1862 and 16 June 1860

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