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Saturday, 31 October 1863

Awful cold: awful storms: ― awful wind & rain.

Rose at 7. cold. Sun gleams & violent rain, & most lovely effects of light & shade on bright yellow & green elms & dark glade ― with flecky starlike deer. Arranged subscribers’ names till 9.45. Examined house ― full of objects ― an ancient R.C. place. Queen Mary’s (Scot) chemise, Cardl. York’s hair &c. &c. Breakfast very sociable  & nice. Afterwards, walk with Sir F. about the grounds ― laid out by Capability Brown ― wonderfully well. Much reminds me of Nuneham on a smaller scale. ― Rain, ― vastly cold I ― & return. ― Settled for the day: wrote preface in Drawing room ― greatly helped by Julian Goldsmid.

Towards 4 or 5 ― played a good deal ― & we made efforts to sing “rounds.” ― Talk till 6.30. Dinner

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Evening ― all talk ― till 11. As I said from the first, a more home-like & intellectual lot can’t be found. ―


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Friday, 30 October 1863

Gray ― dull. pouring rain from 2 to 4. ― then very cold.

Went early to Jones’s & to Dickenson. ―

Many letters ― & 10 new subscribers ― Lord & Lady Derby among them. Home by 11 ― when Florence Bethell, & a Mrs. Edwards came ― & staid till 12.30. looking at drawings. Merry nice women ― and intelligent. Remainder packing & writing ― & then just as I was going ― came good Lady Anna & Lady Mary Legge. What kind hearted women are those!!!

At 2.5 ― set off to Rail. 2.45 ― Rail ― at Reading came in Col. Blandy (?― who used to be Major of the [Bax] Militia. pleasant fellow. Alone from Pangbourne to [Farringfd Road] ― there by 5.25. Found a Fly sent for me ― long & cold 6 mile drive: numbed & chilled. At Buckland House, a [flask] of the [illegible] ― by 6.15. Found all very friendly. But wish Julia G. were here. Dinner

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Pleasant & chatty. Evening also. Sang ― &c. &c. But the place is cold, & I am the same.


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Thursday, 29 October 1863

Fine ― but with showers.

Polished off the remaining letters: packed, secreted & simplified rooms. Young Underhill came ― he is an attentive & careful youth, & worth the trouble of teaching.

At 2.30. went to Drummon’s, where I drew out 10£ ― & to Mcleans: the ancient McLean ― jocose & hearty: & pleased at publishing my one print. ― Then ― (rain, & cab,) to Days ― where were arrangements for publishing ― & overseeing of title writing. Walked ― at 4.30 to Piccadilly ― changing cold ― very. Hair cut. ― Home.

Letter from Miss Dennett ― very nice.

7.30 ― to Portland Place.

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Which had been pleasant, had not the fire gone out, whereby I grew cold ― & was only partially restored by a smoking room.

Poor A. Peel!

Walked home by 11.30.

Found letters from C. Fortescue: ― & Craven (from Corfû) the latter very sad & weary.

13 subscribers today ― which are at 159.


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Wednesday, 28 October 1863

Dark early ― fine later.

Wrote till 1: ― then having completed 326 letters ― began to pack ― fold ― & penny post them. Dreary work.

A. Peel came.

At 6.30 to T. Wyatt’s ― Constance’s state evidently gives them gt. anxiety. Perhaps this ― perhaps that I was uncomfortable ― stupefied & vexed ― somehow the evening was not as pleasant as usual.

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Home by 10.30 ― & sate up till 2.30 folding these awful letters. ―

When was Ruth uncivil to Boaz?

When she she trod on his Corn & pulled his ears.


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Tuesday, 27 October 1863

Foggy ― dark ― day.

Wrote all day.

E. Wolstenholme came.

Have finished 270 letters ― but there are 55 yet to write.

Ἐγευμάτισα μοναχῶς ἰς τας ἐπτὰ. Ὦ! τί Ζωή![1]

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[1] Dined alone at 7. Oh, what a life! (NB).


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Monday, 26 October 1863

Very lovely ― bright & clear.

No fresh subscribers.

Wrote [during] the day ― 85 letters ― many of them close ˇ[on] 2 pages of writing.

Wade Browne came & interrupted me somewhat.

Dined alone.

Bed at 11.

Did anny boddy ever see sich a life?


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Sunday, 25 October 1863

Wonderfully fine all day ― but I never stirred out of the door.

For ― ‘right or wrong[’] ― having gone in for this Subscription ― the matter can’t be [blinked]: ― & as the 350 letters must be various & polite ― & friendly ― & respectful, & what not, it is necessary pour y mettre la tête. Of course one isn’t to set to work at writing as good letters as one can, but they must be concise & decent.

So I worked hard all day: stopped at 5 ― & walked about the room: & at 5.45 ― dined: ― writing again till 10 ― by which time I had finished 100 ― & huming nature could no more. ―

But this is my last subscription work ― come what will.

As I wrote the letters alphabetically, the confusion of circumstance is odd enough.

[Was it! Then what was (“Corsica)” ― 1868][1]

 


[1] Clearly added later in a different pen.


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