Rose thoroughly poorly & chilly: and depressed to a horrible degree. ―― Worked at 5 of the 30 drawings.
Nervous irritation horrible all day
Had some lunch at 1.
At 2. came a note ˇ[from Col. Wynne] ― putting off the dinner at the R.A. & R.E. Mess ―― & saying that Vernon died last night! Poor old Granville Vernon!
Brought 8 of the 30 drawings into a 2nd stage.
But at 4 came Napoleone Zambelli ― & says an officer has committed a horrible suicide: ― poison first ― then cut his throat. ― can this be Edw. Vernon? ――――――――
N.Z. staid some time: he seems really to think P. Alfred may become K. of Greece.
Did not go out: 2nd note from Col. Wynne ― the funeral is at 8. tomorrow: ― which I suppose ― means 7 at the Citadel ― & with this cough I can hardly go. ―
Dined ― & sent G. with a note to Clark ― but he is out. G.’s 4 or 5 months of idleness are bad for him: & this year must be the last of it. Moreover, I have thought all day long that travel must be given up. ― At times I have a dreadful vacancy of mind wh. is horrible.
Just now ― 8.15. I am better.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]