Friday, 12 September 1862

A fine day. ― Rose at 6. “Packed.” ―

Letters ― from Daddy Hunt ― very painful & sad.
from R. Boswell ― saying that he was going to Employ a Solicitor against Ellen, ― about his New Zealand affairs.
& from Mrs. W. Ransom.

Wrote to Ellen ― & enclosed, a (perhaps too hasty) note to R. Boswell ― it is difficult to act rightly ― hastily. Dickenson came.

Went in a cab to Daddy’s at 10 or 11 ―: found him very excited & working on those dreadful pigeons. ― His family are truly odious. Left him, sorrowing, at 12.30. ― Home & “packed.” At 2 ― to Rail. Found the American party. Mr. & Mrs. Adams & Miss A. ― small blame to him ― sad. ― We said little all the way. Basingstoke & Gussie! ― ――

Reached Norman Court at 6 ― in the Omnibus ― we were more talkier. Mr. Baring ― genial & kindly. ―― ―

Seldom passed a pleasanter evening. ― Good cookery & wines: ― merriment: common sense: & friendliness.

Evening ― sang a good deal. ― Talk. ―

Bed at 12.


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

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