Breakfast at 8.30 with young Barker. A beautiful day. Walked up the Palace Streets, & to the Acqua [Sole]: ― & later, on finding that Barker could send off his 2 Spezzia miners tonight, ― he & I walked round the walls, & up the Hill to all the forts ― a long pull ― but wonderfully lovely! ― I have not been there since 1840 ― or 1841 ― when I was with Lord & Lady Tabley ― Lady Stratford ― & Mme. Spinola! ―
I enjoyed this walk much: young Barker being a simple intelligent fellow. (From Aleppo he had gone to the Crimea ― his father being interpreter there,) ― & later to school at Smyrna: ― thence to Canada for 4 years ― & to Cornwall for one ― as a miner ― & now to Sardinia ― & only just 21. ――)
We two dined at 4 ― & at 5.30 came to the Rail ― where young Barker left me.
I ― off at 7 ― reached Alessandria by 11 ― Piacenza by 1 ― & so on all the night.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]