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Tuesday, 24 March 1863

Fine, but cloudy ― & showery all about the hills, not here ― soft & warm. I have a fire at breakfast ― & one also lighted in the “studio” ― but I let both out before 10: then light my sitting-room fine before dinner, & that foes out also before 9.

“Finished” L. Rawson’s Philæ: ― but then, I could do no more oil ― &, as is often the case with me ― I began to distaccare[1] & pack up all things: ―drawing S. Salvador ― (ill-naturedly cloudy ―) out of the window at times.

One Capt. Ware Brown came: a widely travelled & intelligent man ―― & staid a time & half a time. ―

Later ― at 6 ― I walked out ― a shor round. Very cloudy.

Home by 7.15. & dinner at 7.30.

Talk of going to Suli ― with G. Kokali.

Afterwards ― penned out till 11.30 ――

G.K. long since having written & gone to bed. ―

What a quiet pleasant house this is now a days!! ―

 


[1] Take down.


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

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Monday, 23 March 1863

Lovely all day ― warm, beautiful=clouds. A shower at 6 P.M.

Mental arrangements ― & some handiwork too ― for packing ― things to go to England ― & things for Paxo. I should like so to go to Suli! ― & so by Rinaσσα & Nicopolis to Sta. Maura.

Worked very little at Lawsons Gastouri.

But then came the paper ― no letters ― brought by yesterdays Alexandria boat: ― & later ― the Trieste boat came in & from the Palace a letter ― nay 2 ―― from C.F. very happy: εἰς τὸν ὁποῖον ἒγραψα.[1]

At 3 ― came the Shelleys ― to say good bye: they go tomorrow: ― a regular pang ― & twinge.

One more paper ― & a letter from Dickinson ― the “Cedars” are once more in Stratford Place.

Dined at 5.15. ― & at 6. ― the illuminating paraphernalia being all ready ― it began to rain ― but soon stopped. At 6.30 came Giorgio, with his boy Νικόλα ― who lighted a lot of lamps. I saw Nicola’s writing ― very good for a boy of 11 ― & heard him read: wh. he does well. But G.’s manner is harsh to his son.

At 7.30. I walked out: the Illuminations are certainly bery general: & the Esplanade quite beautiful ― even our obscure quarter is lighted up ― (I have 98 lamps!) There were some lamps even in the Ghetto ― & Condi Terrace was grandiose ― the De Vere’s especially.

Home by 9.

 


[1] To whom I wrote (NB).


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Sunday, 22 March 1863

Fine all day ― cloudy flitty.

Went to early church: poor Craven preached.

Wrote vast lots of letters.

At 2. went to the Woolffs ― Lady W. has had the meezles.

Woolff wants 2 drawings.

Walked with the De Veres a bit ― & home by 3. writing till 4[.]

Did not go out at all afterwards.
Non sortire affatto dopo.
Restois toujours chez moi.
[Bin nicht ausgegangen].
Δὲν ὑπῆγα ἒξω εἰς κανένα τόπον.[1]
[arabic].[2]

Ha! ha! how absurd!

Dined at the Palace ―

1863-03-22

Evening very pleasant.


[1] Lit. “Didn’t go out, nowhere” (NB).

[2] “Did not go out afterwards” translated more or less literally in different languages: Italian, French, German, Greek, Arabic (لم أكن الخروج, according to Google Translate).


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Saturday, 21 March 1863

X6.

Fine ― with a few showers.

Unable to work. Medicine. Altogether upset.

Ancôna boat in by 9.

Letters from T. Cooper, Gush, Mr. & Mrs. Bell, & from Thomas Knight asking about his mother.

Worked somewhat at a small oil Suli ― & at 5.30 walked the long round ― returning at 7.10.

Dined ― & penned out till 11.30[.]


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Friday, 20 March 1863

Soft ― soppy ― shiny ― shivery. ――― all day. no wind.

Rose at 8. Fi! for shame.

Worked at Louisa Rawson’s Philæ ― from 10 to 5. & very sixsixfully. ― Wrote to her ― saying it was finished. Worked also on the other Philæ.

Capt. Stocker R.A. came at 5 ― & looked at drawings ― to my surprise wanting one of them ― the moonlight Janina. But I don’t think that a very good drawing ― or, anyhow, one of my best: & I had rather a young man had one of the very best, because he buys it as an example, or particular pleasure. ― “not knowing.”

Walked with Stocker afterwards ― 6 to 6.45.

Called at the De Veres & Woolffs’ ― but εἶδα κανένα.[1] ―

Dined at 7.

G. went out ― “per una mezz’ora ―”[2] ― but did not return till 9.

From 9 ― to 10.30 I penned out. G. intended to write but slept.

 


[1] Saw Nobody (NB).

[2] For half an hour.


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Thursday, 19 March 1863

Mild ― soft ― mizzly rain ― clearing after midday.

Worked ― irregularly at L. Rawson’s Philæ ― taking out many of the drawings from their frames.

About 1. P.M. suddenly ―

X5.

Inexhaustible bother ― yet things are better than even a year ago ― & far more so than 3 or 4 years back[.]

All the more evident, that I worked on the Philæ till 5. Drawing S. Salvador till 6.15.

This home is a sort of Paradise this year: now & then the children velow make a noise ―― but the ˇ[most] beautiful playing on the Piano of the Consul’s wife is indeed a blessing. The only drawback is that she plays so little, & that the Instrument is below my bed room. I give up my own next week ― a loss ―― but τί ἐμπορῶ νὰ κάμω;[1]

At 7.15 dined. ―― & from 8.30 to 10.30 ― or 10.45. penned outold 1856 drawings ― having sent G. to bed. He has a cough, which I had rather he hadn’t. But he is in these days cheerful & very diligent in his writing.


[1] What can I do? (NB).


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Wednesday, 18 March 1863

Awful storms of hail, rain, thunder, lightning, wind ― all night long. So I slept little ― & that little after 5. At all.

Monday’s steamer came in at 9.

Weather a little clear: went to Taylors, to get money ― & pay his bill &c. &c.

Returned at 10 ― & worked at the Black & White drawings off & on. At 2. P.M., put all by ― to begin, tomorrow,  ― to finish in oil.

Several officers of the 6th came: ― all very pleasant nice fellows. Later ― the Chev. Colquhoun & Mrs. C.

At 5.30 ― walked the long round: ―― not unhappily.

At 7.15 ― dined on complex curry ― but excellent ―.

Penned out 1856 drawings till 11. G. went to Καστράδες & returned by 10.30. ―

Εὐτυχαὶ ἡμέραι εἶναι αὐταί.[1]


[1] These are happy days (NB).


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