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
Evening ― all talk ― till 11. As I said from the first, a more home-like & intellectual lot can’t be found. ―
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]