Wednesday, 2 December 1863

Dark & sad all day ― quâ weather.

23 letters ― all payments but 2 ― of wh. one was a subscriber, the other a very nasty one from Mrs. Bridgman Simpson.

During the day, Mrs. Watson, ― Julian Goldsmid, & lastly Dunn Gardner: ― he is a singular but very kindly man.

The amount of writing was fearful: ― to 3 o’clock I was busy, writing receipt notes: afterwards ― some 10 asking the money: ― & then, 40 or 50 addresses to be written to.

Nearly ever one is peculiarly kind & pleasant in sending their Three Guineas.

At 7.45 to the Thomson Hankeys, & passed a most pleasant evening: ― a singular contrast to last night. But why? I was equally poorly tonight ― & there were more strangers.

1863-12-02

Afterwards, Lady Anne Shistern ˇ[Schüster] ― (?)― played divinely. & I sang ― very undivinely. & I was sorry to come away ― they are such friendly people. ―

Walked home. Lots more letters & “cheques.” of wh. ― 172. copies are now paid for.


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

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