Dark & gloomy. sate with B. Smith.
Routledge ― junior ― called, & gave me a cheque for 200£ ― for wh. I gave a stamped receipt, & “asked” them “no more.” At 1. to Mrs. Leake, who was going to the Internl. Exhibition. She is a kind & delightful Lady, & her plain homage to her dear old Colonel, delightful to me. Yet how reserved he was even to her! She saw he rarely spoke of places, & if asked, referred to his boox. And, being once at the Sources of the Danube with her, they staid there a fortnight, & she did not know he had been there before. ― Yet, after his death, she found notes & measurements of the whole place &c. ― taken 20 years previously to their visit. She said, “I think perhaps things passed from his mind.[”] I was sorry to say good-bye to her. After returning, I sate awhile with Gush, & at 4 was at Waterloo Stn. ― 4.15. off by train. & by 5 ― at Clarence.
Mr. & Mrs. Prescott, & E. Wolstenholme: his account of the Albanian tour was interesting ― Gortszka ―Berãt, &c. he & all were very ill. Luard extremely so. Bye & Bye, on showing the receipt for the Bk. Of Nonsense, they seemed to think it worth nil, ― wh. distressed & disgusted me, & made me cross.
Dinner not unpleasant.
They are very kind good people.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]