Rose before 8. Breakfast at 8.
Letter from Miss Slater, I have left some drawings at Hastings ― hearing of which disgusts me horribly. Wrote to her, & to T. Fairbairn.
Penned out a little: a pleasant Mrs. Ansley called. ― [(]sister of Mrs. Parsons)
Sate penning out & talking with Mrs. B. ― (who, θαύμαστον, sate still half an hour! ―) till 1. when Mr. Bell returned, with Mrs. Oldham ― (mother of Mrs. H. Hanson of Constantinople?) a pleasant nice woman. ―
Lunch ― in a hurry ― Mrs. B. being in a fuss. ― Afterwards Mr. B. & I walked out ― up the “Scrubs ―” wh. he has bought & turned into pleasure grounds. But it rained a good deal, & finally so hard at last that we had to return.
O pottering! always wearying me! ― We walked again, as a thunder storm cleared off all ― up the Alton Road: & returned to dine at 5.30.
Dear Mr. Bell is always the same kindly man as ever. The evening would have been very delightful, as Mrs. O. sings well ― only Mrs. B. was particularly fussy ― & absurdly grotesque about Mr. B. & Mrs. O. who went to “look at the moon.”
 Extraordinarily (NB).
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]