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Sunday, 30 November 1862

Day fine ― but cold ― & clouds at times.

Very poorly. ― ill. Cough & asthma violent.

But I got to Church ― where Clark preached an excellent sermon. I was however in gt. pain all through. Came home ― & wrote to C.F. at times ― at times awfully ill with violent cough headache & asthma. Took quinine, Jujubes, squills, blackcurrant lozenges, & Ipecacuana ― “in the multitude of.”

At 3.30. walked with Sir C. Sargent to one gun battery. ― Struggling to keep above water.

Done up when I got home at 5.30 ― but fought out the battle ― dressed ― & to the De Vere’s. Miserably ill at first, but got better about 9. Buchanan & Wey there: the latter I don’t much like. De Vere is a delightful fellow ― & Mrs. D.V. a simple-hearted duck.

Home by 10.30. ill enough, ― yet better than this morning. Hot water &c.


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Saturday, 29 November 1862

Fine[.]

Woke ill. On rising ― a most violent attack of asthma. Worked as long as I could ― but was obliged to give up. Viletta called ― & Dr. Innes.

Went out ― very ill ― but called ― coughing continually ― on Οἰκονόμος ― Curzon, Scarpa, ― Zambelli, & Clark. ― wandered to Kastrades ― about 2 ― & then Mr. Baillie overtook me, & I showed him Ascension ―― a pleasure: ― returning by the road. But I had some warnings of fever, & went & got some Quinine, as well as Strœmonium. Dined ― always ill, at Carter’s ― Col. West & Mr. Brophy there. Home ― by that time done for: hot water & bed ―: altogether wretchedly ill.

X7


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Friday, 28 November 1862

Slept well. Fine ― not clear ― but beautiful.

Sent drawings to Cav. Marcorãn, Charlton, & Craven; & wrote to Viletta.

2 Jewesses came to sew ˇ[a] carpet.

Drew ― off & on ― various outlines.

Came ― Mrs. Lyell: Mr. Baillie. Rev. Clark. Marcorãn, Οἰκονόμος ― & younger Marcorãn.

At 4: called on Col. Wynne ― he & Mrs. W. are evidently gt. swells ―― & not agreable. ― Called on Maude & saw Col. N. ― very disagreeable. Happily they “don’t live here.” ―

Dressed at 5.30, & at 6 ― to Boyd’s: ― a pleasant & cheerful evening, though poor Fredk. Boyd’s health is hopeless. ― They tell me that Mary & Bellina Loughman have gone into a Convent for life!!

To the Palace Ball at 9.30. Rather a bore. Saw the Loughmans ― but hardly anyone else to care for. Col. Curzon is here, ill. ―

Came home at 11: ― raining.

Caught a violent cold ― & was ill & sleepless all night.

X6 ― the 11th day of the Demon’s absence ― a longer time than has occurred since Feb. 1854[.]


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Thursday, 27 November 1862

At 3 ― a most awful storm of wind & thunder & pouring rain ― so that all the house waked up.

Rose late ― no sleep. Frightful rain all day long.

Worked at Charlton’s drawing of [Paoliana], & Cav. Marcoran’s of Strongili, ― & finished both.

Went out at 4 ― & tried to, but could not find Viletta. Called on the De Veres ― & Creykes & Boyds: all pleasant visits.

Dined at 6. & translated. A.P. Stanley from 8 to 10.

Letters from C. Fortescue ― ˇ[date] 10th
& T. Cooper ―.


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Wednesday, 26 November 1862

Rose at 7. Fine ― i.e. ― no rain ― but gray. (― & after all the demonstrations of the moon ― I believe we are not at fine weather yet.)

The contents of the 2 boxes of yesterday, I arranged ― before breakfast. And afterwards, began to draw outlines of drawings “to be made ―” ―― to the amount of 30!!!!!!!!!

Came Politi ―― to whom I gave Miss Goldsmid’s book: ― & we discussed carpets. ――

At 2.30. I set off ― straight on end, ―― along the ancient round ― up to Κυνοπιάστες, ―― but Villetta was not there!

I saw a man who told me that he was “εἰς τὴν πόλιν”[1] ―― (at the same time he blew up a woman ― who talked of “ὁ δοῦλος τοῦ κυρίου”[2] ―― “δοῦλος”![3] ― he shouted ―――― “ὁ ἂνθρωπος!”[4]

Walked back by 6.

Giorgio’s Dinner was pleasant ― & welcome. He shews me a writing of Nicóla.

My piano is a blessing.

The waves plash, plash. ―― but I think we shall have more rain.

Up to near 10 I have written out a lot of words from A.P. Stanleys Gk. Church. but must now go to bed.


[1] In town (NB).

[2] The servant of the Lord (NB).

[3] Servant (NB).

[4] The fellow (NB).


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Tuesday, 25 November 1862

A Paradise day: bright & lovely. ― Rose at 7.

After breakfast came the Piano wh. the Decies had.

Then, the old table wh. I had in Condi Terrace, & Casa Chiessari. & later, the 2 boxes sent from Stratford Place. Giorgio, as usual, works diligently.

At 3. went out. Saw Col. & ˇ[Mrs.] Wynne: neither agreable. He talked of my rooms, & wondered they were not seized on violently. She was d―d affectionate, ― & condoled on the place of my large picture. ― Saw the Loughmans also: very trite & uninteresting.

At 4 ― walked to Ascension. (the Lord High was polite.) ― the old Olives & wonderful blue sea & opal hills.

Returned by 6 ― or 5.30. A wondrous sunset.

Saw Buchanan. Nicolo Παραμυθιόττι, &c.

Dined. And further unpacked the various boxes sent to day.

After all the storm & wind, calm abounds. ―

Called on Stephanizzi also.

To bed before 10: & ευχαριστούμεν τὸν θεὸν[1] ― slept beautiful.


[1] Thank God (NB).


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Monday, 24 November 1862

Rose at 6.30. Breakfast ― as exactly as possible as of old. ― ῍Εχωμεν μεγάλην τάξιν.[1]

Afterwards called on the De Veres: Cravens. Luard ― (who poor fellow is ill ― & going home.) Mr. Baillie ― [(]wrote name at Palace ―) Taylor, Boyds ― & had hair cut ― all by 12.

After that ― bothered & arranged rooms &c. ― but it poured with rain. Hired a piano: ― & so, at 4 ― it was too wet to walk with Mr. Baillie tho’ it was a little less rainy ―― walked to Καστράδες, ― meeting Sir C. Sargent, ― with him for an hour or so. He is absolutely violent against Storx: ―― & certainly the Marcorãn affair is a bother. ―

Returned at 6 to dine ― as usual well ― with Giorgio’s good care ― stewed beef ― soup ― potatoes & sausages ― &c. &c. ― a fussle bustle at the window ― when more violent rain began ― & G. opened it: in came a Robin ― πολὺ ὂρνις Ἂγγλων.[2] ―

Wrote to Ellen ―― & T. Cooper. ― bed at 10.


[1] We have great order (NB).

[2] A very English bird (NB).


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