Tuesday, 5 May 1863

Slept well. Rose at 5. Very cloudy & some rain. C.L. had come at 10 last night. Went out with G. to the hill & at 5.45 ― drew till 9. Then again on the Quay, but the crowd of inquisitives was too great to work. High wind also above. Came in at 10.30 ― & found C. Lane as kindly as ever. Breakfast. (S. Lane is married.) At 11. read papers. Lord Seaton is dead. ― And Mrs. Leake is dead!


At 12 ― went out to call on Majr. Buchanan, but only found Colonel Ellis;

Returned by 1.30. ― At 2 came Cecil Lane, but before we set out to walk, he had to call on the Colonel, & I wet to the house of Tebaldo’s brother, Λασκαράτος, who was at home. A many little children running about ― he has 9. This likeness to my Roman teacher struck me much, & I explained my reason for calling: i.e. to know about his brother, who, ― φαίνεται is here now, but in the country.

I begged to have 3 copies of the Μυστήρια[1], &c. & wrote a line to his brother. The elder Λασκαράτος is something like Cromek, black ― bearded ― thin: a kind of stiff republican manner, yet somewhat [wits] as to eye: ― head clear & sharp.

Walked out with C. Lane to Σπήλια[2] & other villages. The views very singular & beautiful. I had no idea that Κεφαλληνια was so beautiful. We returned by what is called the short ˆ[long] Giro, ― being the end of the Leϐαδὸ[3] road, to C.L.’s house ― at 6.30. No end of pleasure: showing drawings, & a good & pleasant dinner. Bed at 11.


[1] Mysteries. Nina Bouri adds: The Mysteries of Cephalonia or Thoughts on Family, Religion and Politics in Cephalonia (1856): a satirical-didactic text by Andreas Laskaratos, ridiculing and criticizing the superstitions, the lack of education and the wretchedness of the people of Cephalonia, as well as the corruption of the clergy. The book was condemned by the church, and Laskaratos was excommunicated over it. It is said in Greece that the dead bodies of the excommunicated do not decay, so Laskaratos, upon learning of his excommunication, famously said that the archbishop should do him a favour and also excommunicate his children’s shoes, so that their soles won’t wear out, and rid him of that expense.

[2] Spilia.

[3] Livadi.

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


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