Saturday, 6 December 1862

Fine all day: ― & bright. ――― latterly N. wind ― & cold.

A day ― not wholly without discomfort ― yet one to be thankful for.

Rose at 7.20. G. ― ill of cold ― calling me. ―

Arranged ― but slightly ― 30 other drawings ― & measured all of them & the previous 30 ― so as to decide if I shall send for frames or not.

This took me to 11 ― or 12. ― Then I walked out to get the outlines for 2 or 3 of my drawings ― more accurately ― πλεῶν ἀκρυβῶς.[1] Drew ― till 2 P.M. ― by the Casino gate ― thanx to the cold ― very uninterruptedly. After that ― drew again near Ascension ― & walking slowly along the Battery road to get my 4th drawing ― lo! Col. Bowen!!!!!!!! So we fraternized & went back. A quiet amiable man ― & how long it is since, at Lady Coventry’s, I used to see him! ― ― 1838. ― Leaving him I returned & drew my last sketch ― & so came back by 4.30 ― meeting Mrs. Boyd & her sister ― & walking 3 turns with them. Voice failing, ― but on the whole: ― vû the cessation of rain, I am wonderfully in better health today: ― “more well” indeed than I have yet been since I came.

Came back by 5. ― & found 4 Daily Telegraphs. But by the time I had “cleaned myself” ― Steφανίζζι came. An hour’s lesson ― came to 7. ― I don’t know if I gain or not ― much. ―

The Dinner ― short & quickly dispatched. But it was 8.30 ― or 8.45. before I had one ― & ― “what with one thing & t’other” ―― I am unable & unwilling to begin to pen out laboriously. So I have written this, & am going to bed: & indeed it is 10.30.

The waves break ― break. ―

& the quiet of this house after last year!


[1] More accurately (NB).


[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]

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