Thursday, 30 July 1863

Fine ever. Rose at 5.30 ― penned till 8 ― Salvador drawings ― which, & colouring a lot of the 1856 Ἀγιρῦ tour, occupied me till 5 ― when I went out.

Called on Mrs. Middleton ― out.

To the Crakes ― where they wished me to stay to dine ― Mary Ann & Mrs. Crake only. ―

Their trial is indeed sad & long. Poor Mr. Crake grows feebler, & I am glad to know ― sleeps more, so that I hope the end of this long misery approaches. Nevertheless their care is always unabated.

Mrs. C. spoke of their former life, & much else, ― a singular woman. ― (I never knew before that she had 3 other daughters.)

Played ― or talked ― & sate till 10. Cab home. ―


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

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