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, 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.
 Francis Mowatt was elected Whig MP for Cambridge in 1854.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]