Left the kind Hunts at 9.30. Whydah Birds. Garden talk[,] paid B.H.H. 5£. Rail to Eastbourne. Sussex Hotel, & got a good-[siged] room: but the place seemeth all forlorn.
Unpacked & lunch. Wrote to Mrs. Scrivens & T. Cooper.
Set out towards Beachy Head. ― Associations ― 1846 ― 1855. Happy autumn fields. Cliffs. Long painful walk over shingles. Wonderful beauty of the cliffs at the Head. Drew. Tide rising. Up to hill to Coast Guard House ― where I got a glass of water ― civil women. Gave 6 pence. ― Walked to edge of cliffs ― 2 fine views. drew one ― & drawing the 2nd ― respectable man came & asked about rocks & other countries, saying he had read Mr. Lear’s books on Albania &c. ― whereon, I looked up & he said ― ‘O Sir, I am Sir W. James’s Butler ― & have seen you at Whitehall Gardens. Afte wh. he asked me to join his wife & his Luncheon of bread & cheese & porter, which I did joyfully & pleasantly.
Walked slowly down to Eastbourne, & leaving my book at the Inn, wandered about the town till 6.30.
Got “Widow Barnaby” from the Library, & dined at 7 ― not badly: the people are obliging but slow.
Remember Sir W. James’s Butler.
 One, or all, of the novels in Frances Trollope’s Barnaby Trilogy, The Widow Barnaby (1838), The Widow Married (1840) and The Barnabys in America (1843).
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]