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.


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

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