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
Pleasant & chatty. Evening also. Sang ― &c. &c. But the place is cold, & I am the same.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]