Saturday, 28 February 1863

Misty ―!!! ― S.W. wind!!!! ― Gray!!!!! ― & ― at 4 P.M., rain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A day of little work ― an hour or so on the oil Porto 3 scoglie. After big energy producing the “60 Tyrants” such reaction is natural.

Moreover ― 4 papers & 5 letters came ―

1. Ellen.
2. one from Henry ― enclosed by her, his address is {[1]
3. F.L.he has a daughter ― born on Ash Wednesday the 18th.
4. Mrs. G. Clive ― no good accounts of G.C.
5. T. Cooper ― Bright Smith is better.

I wrote to Gush ― deciding on not taking the lower floor: & to Dickenson ―ordering him to put up the Cedars in the 2nd floor “back.” & to T. Cooper ―announcing the same.

At 3.30. Col. & Mrs. Elmshirst & Mrs. Bannatyne came: & looked at the “Galleria,” kindly folk.

At 5 ― I walked ― (it rained at times, & the world was gray ―) to One Gun battery ― meeting κανένα.[2]

But this life should be better & more active.

Home by 7. Dined. ― sent G. to Καστράδες: & read the 4 newspapers.

Meanwhile ― 10.15. ― Mme. Pinna plays divinely. ―

& so ends the 3rd of the Winter months!


[1] Lear, while leaving the space blank, does not actually write Henry’s address.

[2] Nobody.


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

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