Friday, 31 July 1863

Same lovely weather: cooler.

Rose as usual ― & penned ―: & after breakfat ― penned & arranged drawings till 2.30, when I went to the Station, & to Twickenham at 3.15 ― Strawberry Hill by 4. No one there. Walked about the Garden ― & thought no end. Came the 2 Clermonts, & later Hon. J. Cole ― whom I met in Ireland in 1837. What a curiosity of combinations. Shewing the Farm, Dairy, house &c. &c. took up till 7.15.

Dinner ―

1863-07-31

The Evening passed really pleasantly. I sang also a good bit. Afterwards, C.F. came to my room & sate ― till 12 ― (The Telegram has gone out to Corfû ― the Parliament to be dissolved. The “Ionian Judges” case thickens. ―)

What strange recollections here! ―― How silly is all life!


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

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