Slept well. Rose at 5, & out by 5.45. Drew on the Quay till 7. & above the town on the east side till 8.30. Certainly, little Ithaca is extremely pretty. At 9, walked up the hill above Σκίνος, from which point no doubt remains that Neritos is visible whether Minerva shewed it to Ὀδυσσεὺς or not. Drew again to & fro, & looked about for the best place to draw the port, till 11. when I came back & found Stirke at breakfast. It is now 11.30. ((Mem. Geography & Antiquities of Ithaca. Gell. ― Longman. 1807.)) ((Mem. Ἰεραχέρι ― casa del Sigr. Στροῦσο ― or from the church or mill.))* ― At 12, went out & called on Count Candiano Roma at the Residency. He was sitting with a Secretary at the end of the gallery in a little room. ― He was very polite & amiable ― saying among other compliments ― “avendo conoscenza con me, avreste potuto venire ad alloggiare meco.” ― “sono solo ― solo ― e dopo esser stato Presidente delle 7 Isole, questi luoghi non si può dire essere ――― ma via! ― Sono Sto tranquillo e paziente.” It does seem rather sad indeed to see the old Gentleman so lonely ― & growing blind too ― & all the more that the family live in such riches at Zante. ― He asked me to dine &c.: ― but on my alluding to going to Athens, & when I said that when the king came & there was a fixed government there doubtless the place would increase & thrive ― he became restless & offered coffee ― fearing all talk of politics. Shewed Gell on Ithaca, & ordered 3 letters to be written for me ― one to a Μεταξὰ ― at Σταυρὸ: one to the Priest of Καθαρὰ: & a 3rd to the Deputato of Σάμος. I did not ask after Lady B. At 1.30 am going out again to draw. ― Drew ― G. with me ― above the town: lots of children came about me, whom, G., always cheerful, drew off. But they seem a semi=savage set compared with the other islanders, as G. says ― naturally from being so little able to communicate with strangers. A plain & darkly dressed lot ― they seem to me even less interesting than the Paxiotes ― perhaps from their being so removed from the world ― or from other causes. Drew afterwards, by the Residency: the harbour gulf, & Neritos are beautiful. Here, Braidy joined me, an amiable youth, but sadly in train to be spoiled by the Ithaca lazy life ― & we walked to the high ground on the road near Αἐτὸς, where I drew from 4.30 to 5. Hence, the Νέριτος at sunset is very lovely ― & reminds me tho’ on a larger scale, of Nemi, by its velvet gray tone & tint. By 6.30 ― we were back at “Quarters” ― only I first ran round to the End of the harbour, to see the last evening effect on Νέριτος ― but it was not good. Dinner. Both hosts are singularly amiable kind men. We sate talking ― I go on against my will, because I think I ought to talk ―― till 10.30. After which I arrange drawings & luggage from a 3 days’ journey to the North of the Island.
* (I don’t know what this alludes to. July. 11.)
 Since you know me, you could have come to stay with me.
 I am lonely ― lonely ― and after being President of the 7 Islands, one cannot say these places are ――― oh well! I am quiet and patient.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]