Rose at 6.30. ― very fine. Wrote Cerigo Journal till 8.30.
Breakfast ― ποτὲ ἐδῶ μὲ πολὺν εὐχαρίστησιν. Afterwards, dawdled till 11 ― cum irritation. Morning very lovely ― but no one “uses” morning in these parts. At 11.15 ― F. & I set out to look for a point or points to draw Burton from, but I don’t really know if I could ever draw it: besides the sun went in & gloom abounded. There are however very exquisite walks all about ― & the colour of the fern & heath &c. &c. &c. ― are wondrous beautiful. Returned by 12.30 & then sate on the lawn=garden with Mrs. F. looking at Photograph-books. Lunch at 1.30 & after that, I came to my room, & finished journal notes up to ˆ[the end of] May 21: ― varied by some sleep. It is now 4. ――
We set off to drive at 4. O Lord! o Lord! o Lord! can any tongue or tongues or pen or pens describe how I hate driving or moving ― oneself being stationary? We took up little Reginald ― or rather T.F. did so, quite against his mothers advice ― as he seemed unwell. Soon he became so ― & we had to go all back again. After which, as it was too late to go elsewhere, we drove to Petworth, where I tried to get some drawing paper ― but there was none. We then drove on to a Col. Bartelots ― & back to the Station by 6. ― Hereat all my patience ἐτελιώθη ― & I left them to walk. No horror in life is greater than being shaken in a carriage or a boat. So I walked solo ― all round that part of the Park ― & thro’ the sadly pleasant Pines ― till at 7. I came to the “unlovely house.” ― The 2 little girls were a comfort. Dressing ― &c.: ― & in the drawing-room were W. Fairbairn ― & “a” Mr. Murray ― his father in law. Dinner, very good. ― At first ― said Murray was pleasantish, but afterwards very vulgar & ungentlemanly ―: his diabetes & wine &c. being an accompaniment obbligato to his discourse. Later, he was still more to be avoided.
Mrs. F. had long gone away.
11. Bed. O! were this visit over!
 Never with much pleasure here (NB).
 Ran out (NB).
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]