[S]ame dark ― but not wet weather.
Bad life. Wrote all day long ― some 40 letters ― asking for the Subscriptions: horrid work, but it must be done.
Two visits broke the miserable Monotony: “Sir Samuel & Lady Hancock” ― Dora Wentworth! ― a great pleasure indeed. She is still handsome, ― but how beautiful she used to be!
Later, Mrs. Chapman & Miss Ewart: who staid a good time. Wrote till 6.45.
To Edgar A. Drummonds.
Curious discourses. E.A.D. more diffuse & polemic than usual. Miss P. is unlike her sister. Alfred D. is always kindly & pleasant. Mrs. D. ― (whose face is one with the greatest charm I know ― a strange sad beauty,) always perfect. At 11.30. Edgar D. walked home with me. || Found a letter from C.F. ― asking me to dine at Miss Bolton’s αὕριον ― with Lady W. & him! ―
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]