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Tuesday, 30 June 1863

Rose at 6. ― or 6.15 ― & penned out till 8.

No one came all day ― except Clowes & Okeover. & later, Capt. Wade-Browne ― who bought another drawing. Mainly I penned out at intervals ― but very wearily. There was a vast breakfast given by Lady Anne Beckett wh. filled the place with carriages & noise.

At 7 ― I walked out nearly up to the top of Portland Place: very giddy as yet.

Passed the house of dear old Col. & Mrs. Leake: ― sad.

Returned before 8.

Dined ― Mrs. Cooper cooks nicely.

Afterwards ― wrote a little.

Bed at 10 ― or 10.20.


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Monday, 29 June 1863

Fine all day.

Rose at 5 ― & penned out till 8.

Finished ― (but not satisfactorily ―) Lawsons Butrinto.

Off & on penned all day.

Came
Mrs. Wyatt
Constant Wyatt
Rev. Adam Fairbairn
W. Nevill ― sad & agitated, for Benj. N. has had a paralysis.
Sir R. Walpole} ― anti ministerial.
Lady Walpole}
Miss Walpole}
Rev. ― Walpole}
James Foster. ― very tiresome.
J. Dunn-Gardiner ― agreable & kindly.
Mrs. Prescott ― very kind.
Miss Spring-Rice, very pretty.
Alfred Drummond: pleasant
Percy Coombe ― a good lad.
T. Ashton Esq. (who bought the Baalbec & Argos.[)] ―
Mrs. Ashton ―
& S.W. Clowes, always kindly.

I could not resolve to go out, so dined at 7.30 ― on cutlets & boiled rice pudding.

But nothing removes my sadness. It is dreadful: & this life is impossible ― staying ― hard=working all day ― awaiting for comers ― never going out ― hearing the dim roar of the distant streets ―― only seeing those who come for a few minutes, no freedom, no air, ― no light, ― no friendliness. Better remain abroad wholly. Worst of all is the [mortal] folly of supposing Giorgio ill or dead: ― it has often happened so before, but still weighs senselessly on me ― without a shadow of foundation.

This penning out ― & journals! The task seems too long.


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Sunday, 28 June 1863

Rose before 6. Bright morning. Penned out till 9.

Wrote to Lady Wenlock.

At 10 ― dear good S.W. Clowes came. Dr. Strange’s letter went to John Clowes ― so was 2 days later to Sam ― who got my own note on the same day: otherwise he would have set out to Turin at once! ― He brought me a large [][1] box full of Woodhouse Eaves Roses. Best of all ――――― but ― σιωπῶμεν![2]

He staid till nearly 1. ― Afterwards I wrote: journals, &c. &c. &c. ―

Later, S.W. Clowes came again, with.
Mr. Okeover ―
T. Wyatt. ― (who bought the Janina[)]
F.W. Gibbs &
Vaughan Johnson.
Admiral Robinson, (who bought the S. Salvador,) &
Mrs. Robinson.
Miss Julia Goldsmid,
& Mrs. Naylor. all very pleasant & kind visits.
afterwards ― Sir Francis Goldsmid.
Archibal Peel.

At 6.30 ― semi dressed, & at 7. absolutely went out to dine at Fairbairns. Bore the cab=journey well ― & found the kind Fairbairns as ever ― & the 2 children more delightful than ever if possible.

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Discussions on art. Good ― but not extensive dinner.

Old Mr. F. is a Jewel ― Mrs. T.F. is a delight. T.F. is a brick. Left at 10.45 ― & found a cab[.] Home & bed ― 11.30.


[1] One blotted word, which I think is “hat.”

[2] We keep quiet (NB).


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Saturday, 27 June 1863

Health somewhat better ― day finer. Rose at 5.30 ― & penned till 8. Breakfast.

Penned out more or less all day.

Came ―
Edgar Drummond, always delightful.
Holman Hunt}
Bob Martineau}
Col. Campbell, a gt. Pleasure to see him again.
Mrs. Cave. ― took away the Nile drawing.
Penry Williams ― wonderfully well & jolly.
F. Lushington. Staid an hour ― a good lad.
George Middleton. Long accounts of poor dear Mrs. Leake’s death ―. Who did not know her danger at all.
T. Fairbairn ― who bought 3 drawings.
J. Edwards ― going to Japan next month!

He staid till 7.30[.]

Dined. ― & afterwards wrote & penned a little but fell asleep. ― Bed at 10.45.


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Friday, 26 June 1863

Dull dark warm. rain at 7. Rose at 4, & penned out till 8[.]

Not very well all day. Toothache. ―

Foord’s men finished putting up all the drawings[.]

Sir J. Reid came, & staid a long time. I was very glad to see him.

T.G. Baring came ― always kindly & good[.]

Capt. Wade-Browne came, & took away his 2 drawings. By the wonderfullest good luck I had been working all day at intervals to finish Lawson’s Gastouri from his drawing, & did so, just as Wade-Browne called! A nice cheery fellow. Worked till 7. Wrote many letters.

Dined at 7.30.

Letters from E. Drummond, Drummonds (The Duchess of St. Albans has paid me,) Mrs Evans, & W. Nevill.

Wrote to the Duchess ― & Mrs. Rawson. ―


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Thursday, 25 June 1863

Fine & warm ― muggy all day.

Rose at 6 ― & wrote lots of notes.

Breakfast at 8: near & nice as usual.

Dickenson & 3 men came, & set up the Cedars ― rehung the Masada, & pasted & framed all the Corfu drawings.

Fortescue came. Kind as ever & happier.

J. Chaworth Musters came ― kindly.

later, Lady Goldsmid: & afterwards
Ralph Nevill.

Wrote many notes, & saw to the arranging of the room all day long. ―


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Wednesday, 24 June 1863

Very fine & warm ― thunder in the evening.

Rose at 5.30: feeling always stronger & better: thank God.

Breakfast at 7.40 ― after walking on the beach. ― This Hotel is excellent in all ways. Paid bill, & came to Station, & at 9. off. ― Agreable fellow traveler ― one Mr. Mowatt,[1] formerly M.P. for Cambridge. London at 12.30.

Drove to Jones’s & ordered clothes: ― Robersons, & ordered colors. Bickers & Bush ― books. & Foords. ―

At Stratford Place by 1.30. T. Cooper chubby & pleased to see me ― & rooms all in good order.

Saw Mr. Gush. ― Set to work to unpack ― & Dickenson came, & staid till 7 fixing in the Watercol. drawings in their frames. It really seems odd, having had them so recently at Corfû! Franklin Lushington called: & Chichester Fortescue: ― how kind of both. Lunch, chops & beer.

All the afternoon went in “making up” the rooms, & by 7 I had them all in order ― & all the drawings of the 6 Islands awaiting.

At 7. Dickenson went. The cedars are to be [framed] tomorrow.

Dined at 7.30 ― roast fowl ― potatoes & peas ― & beer. ―

Wrote many notes. Looked over drawings.

Altogether ― am most thankful & very happy.

Bed. 10.30.

X

 


[1] Francis Mowatt was elected Whig MP for Cambridge in 1854.


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