Day gray & cold. Lyon about 5 A.M. ― Marseilles at 12.
Little trouble in getting luggage ― & rushed to take a place in the Messageries ― from Genoa ― all my plans of the Corniche journey having been utterly demolished by seeing that the torrents had destroyed several bridges ― & that no diligences could pass ――this in the Telegrams of yesterday.
I had but just time to rush in the cab I had taken, to the Wharf ― & to get on board the “Auris” ― a good & large steamer ― Off by 2.30 ― I dreaded to see her go out of the harbor ―― but there was happily not much motive.
On board were several. Mr. Bilton ― (Mrs. E. Macbean’s uncle,) Cardinal Matthieu &c. &c.
Dinner at 5.
I was more or less ill & could not sit up: ― lying down brought on dreadful cramps & nervousness ― & so till 1 A.M. I was in torture: after that I slept a little.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]