Tuesday, 2 June 1863

Rose at 3.45. Packed all by 5 ― & downstairs.

But ― No steamer is come! ― The sky here is all cloud, & one can’t tell what storms have been off Cerigo. Yet ― if there is much delay, I don’t see how I can get off to Ancôna by Friday: ― under any circumstances, no small hurry. ― about 7. ― I thought I would go & see if the Steamer really had not come, ― & lo! ― there she was!!! ― So G. & I returned in haste & rage, & suddingly came off in a boat as soon as we could.

It is now 7.20 by me ― 8.15 by them. Vörwaerts ― is the steamer[.] Roberts ― good kind fellow ― came on board to see me off. Many on board ― leave taking &c. &c. Off by 9.

A narrow escape of not getting away! ― Capt. Richards of the 9th Eccles ― Baskerville &c. &c. a sick soldier: 2 prisoners. (who were kind to the sick fellow.) a Gk. Bishop &c. &c. ― & many other passengers. Archer ― head commissariat &c. ―

Fog ― & some sea. ― but we got to Αργστώλι at 1. ― four hours. As the time of stay was uncertain, & the water is odious, I give up intent of going on shore for the chance of seeing C. Lane. (His Χιμάριοτ man comes on board & takes my message.)

Somehow, there is a peculiar pale baldness about the scenery of Ἀργοστώλι ― hard & unlovely: ― the houses have so little variety of color also ― pale or white ― or buff ― all, Off at 4.

Dinner. Pitchingno rolling. 5.45 ― pass Asso, which I see distinctly ― as well ― 6. P.M. ― as the villages above, & the road all the way ― a silver line ― to the Precipice!! Ὀξοὶ & Νέριτος appear above.

(8.30) pass Capo Horrid pitching; N. wind ― & very tiresome sea. The military party sing bawdy songs, & I retreat from their society, worrying ― inch by inch ― all night through.

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


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One response to “Tuesday, 2 June 1863

  1. I love “suddingly”–so Learlike! Does he use it elsewhere?

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