Sunday, 23 August 1863

Rose late ― & did but little journal before breakfast ― but thank goodness there is but little more to do.

Breakfast ― & afterwards ― they went to church: I not. ― Wrote till 11.30. letters to Baring, Mrs. Robinson, &c. ― & journals till 1. ― At 1.30 lunch, & afterwards a séance with everybody, & all the 4 children. ― At 2.30, T. & W.F. ― I, & the 2 boys went up Barlton wood, & we all lay on the downs looking at the view for half an hour or more. Nothing could be lovelier than that view today ― so clear!

We came over the Down ― & thro’ the wood by another path. Later, I lost them by going round a bank they went down but I didn’t like to try. And so I walked home by the road, & through the beautiful Park ― by 6. ――― Wrote a little again, but dinner is earlier o’ Sundays.

1863-08-23

On the whole ― pleasantish. ―

Afterwards ― played womewhat ― but there was talking so I left off.

The curate cum σύζυγον[1] went.

Smoking room: & discussion about Religion ― Colenso ― J. Christ ― J. Smith, &c. &c. &c. ― very unprofitable & a bore.

At 11.20. we to bed came.

Write to Arthur Fairbairn.

Sat up till 12.30 & finished all the 6 Island Journals.

 


[1] His wife (NB).


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

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