Thursday, 26 February 1863

Same absolute Paradise weather.

Passed all day ― in undoing & cleaning the new 60 frames ―――― un=nailing the 14 already fixed (of the old ones,) ―― & arranging & nailing all the 60 drawings in the new frames. Afterwards, measuring ― & knocking nails in the “Show=room[”] ― & hanging one side entirely ― &c. 2nd partly. (First however, a good hour or two went in arranging position of pictures.) It was 6.15. when I left off work ― & G. was horribly cross Quaresima having obstructed his ways.

At 7 ― Professor Ansted came, ― but dinner not till 7.30 ―: howbeit it was very good. ―

The Professor is pleasant in some ways ― most ways; but he was not very well ― & possibly was “ill at ease.” ― He looked over many sketches, ― but although pleased with them, he despairs of reproducing them, &, like Mrs. Leake ― advises “relinquishing that idea.” If he does too much here he will be ill. ―

I do not see that I can go out tomorrow ― as I wished: better finish the “exhibition” rooms. ―

Remember 38. Gray’s Inn Road ― & 61. Albany Street. I believe I shall see dear Ann again ― tho’ even[1] the good she had done & continues to do me ― [was] more than enough to be thankful for ― without any ulterior blessings.

How people snore.

Read parts of Gussies Fairy tale today ― & with great pleasure[.]


[1] The entry continues in the previous page, for 25.ii.63, preceded by the note on Gussy’s fairy tale.


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

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