Rose at 6. Better night.
A busy day ― as times go.
Penry Williams breakfasted with me ― a pleasant morning. Sketches ― talk. &c. Went at 12.45.
Called on Lady Clermont ― (Lord C. out,) sate some time: perceived that Strawberry H. matters are vetoed: ― coming out met Lord C. perceived the same. ― Walked to Cave’s, by 1.40 ― & lunched most agreably with him & Mrs. Cave.
Called on Mr. Hodgson ― out: ― crossed the Park ― (very fine day,) & called at Lord Westbury’s ― all away. Then on Mrs. Crake ― poor old Lady: Mr. C. slowly weakens. And lastly on Mr. Morier ― (who will be 80 on January 8 / 64.) Wonderful old Gentleman! ― Walked home by 5.30.
Wrote & drew till 7.
7.45. to Adml. Robinson’s. The Butler cross because I was a few minutes late. Butlers terrify me. Only Mrs. Kynaston there.
Conversation always here amusing & cheering.
Afterwards shewed a folio of 20 drawings ― very pleasantly.
Home by 11.15.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]