Change to wind & rain, & then dry bitter cold & high wind.
24 cheques to make out & write answers to ― which took up till 1.30 hard work. ― then eat to Lincoln’s Inn, Days, ― & looked at printing &c. &c. They say all will be finished this week. Walked home. ― Wrote till 4. & then went to the Dunn Gardner’s, out: & to Windham Hornbys at the Holloway’s Hotel: ― Mrs. W. “Augusta” at home ― who is wonderfully young ― fat ― & jolly. Long talks of Knowsley & Stanley days. & the “woman” ― who certainly is a dreadful critter. Windham came in ― he looks much older. ― Assuredly the Derby is a meager worldly man.
(“I think all old people ought to be shot ― reeelly ―” said Lady Gêne one evening when Lords Steel, & Derby ― (XIII) ˇ[13th] were talking.) I was glad to see the W.H.s.
Watch stopped ― cab home ― hurry ― to Manbys by 7.
Pleasant-ish. ― Evening ditto.
Walked home by 11. cold.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]