Wednesday, 12 August 1863

Same weather ― perhaps warmer. ― Rose at 6.30 ―

At 8. E. Wilson breakfasted with me. He ― very colonial. ― I, with letter from F.L. ― & others, ˆ[Browne &c.] & then “I. Judge papers[”]― wh. I read through.

A very pretty kettle of fish!

Is there confusion in the little isle?”

Walked with E.W. round the E. Cliff: one of the most perfectly beautiful English village scenes. ――

Returning at 1 ― went to the Train with him.

Dined, solus, at Queen’s Hotel, at 2.30 & now ― 4.30 ― “am inclined” to go out.

The beauty of atmosphere is here ― as in 1859 ― & other years: ― but all other beauty is only to be got at by going thro’ crowds & bore.

Went slowly to the meadows below the East Cliff, ―& then to those opposite ― drawing at times, & [was] amused by the children, who sate & talked with me. ―

Later, to Barham’s, where I sate with Mrs. B. ― a good woman. Edward, & also Julia B. are married ― & the latter has a boy. ― they were a kindly good family.

Came home ― by 8.45 ― greatly wearied by the crowds. ―

Supper at 9.

X


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

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