Monday, 21 December 1863

Darker ― & dampier. colder. Rose at 8.15.

I always breakfast by Lamplight now.

31. Letters: mostly receipts of the work without comment. Others, accompanied by kindly notes. Mrs. G. Clive’s naturally ― of the A. No. 1 order. F. North’s also one letter from H.J. Grenfell ― writing for 5 copies. & Mrs. Slingsby Bethell ― with S.’s & Mrs. Chaplin’s name. Two payments only, Lord Carlisles & Mrs. H. Mildmay’s. ― continual writing work. ―― Went to Day’s: ― for a half hour. ― Then to various places: & to Carl Wener’s “Holy Places[”]― & set of drawing good so far as effect architectural, ― but wholly deficient as Landscape, in ˇ[ordinary=]truth. Home: whence it was difficult to re=issue ― as Mrs. Padwicke, & Mrs. Bethell came severally on the Pay=Subscription stage. Cab then towards Kensington [or] Bayswater, & went to Daddy Hunts, with whom I sate a good bit, & delightfully ― no-one else being there. The Egyptian Girl is wonderful in color, drawing: perception: sentiment. ――― Then came the ViscoutessStrangford ― & Miss Beaufort ― I withdrew as H.H.s son. She has been 5 or 6 days at Jánina ― & 3 at Súli! ― & a week at Montenegro. Then, the Prince amused himself by a skipping rope, & G. Strahan attempted to do so likewise ― but suddenly vomitava:[1] a sad mishap I thought my Lady Viscoutess might have left untold.

I set out hoping to get to Fanny Coombe’s ― but it could not be ― so I got home at 6. & dined, reading Spekes book.[2]


[1] He threw up.

[2] Speke, John Hanning. Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1863.

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


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One response to “Monday, 21 December 1863

  1. Peter Byrne

    Two things stand out in the diary notes of the last couple of months. First of all we see the whole process of what it meant for an author to take charge of publishing and marketing his own book in the 1860s. Secondly, that it made him into a dining out, social animal quite the contrary of the lonely, solitary artist he might appear at other times.

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