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]
 Clearly added later in a different pen.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]