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.


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

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