Very hot & fine all day ― al solito. Rose at 5.30.
Penned & coloured till 8. ― Letters from E. Ashton, & E. Tennyson. ― Penned out ― except that I slept twice ― & lunched ― all day: ― shut up ― a weary life.
2 persons came ― one the Mr. Tinings ― who had weitten to me while in Corfu & who is a great admirer of my worx. A rustic simple pleasing juvenile: ― his father a gunmaker. He says he would buy the Cedars at once only they have so much money “locked up” ― in the Rifle-making for the Americans.
Later, one Mr. Nugent came from Mrs. Prescott.
Did not go out ― ever a bit ― till 7.40 ― when I cabbed to the Elder Middleton’s.
I thought the dinner ― as I saw a multitude, would have been a horrid bore, but, aû contraire, it was particularly pleasant in all respects. ― One seldom sees a better ordered dinner ― or a better one in all ways: & all the diners were pleasant. Home by 11.30.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]