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: 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.
 He threw up.
 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.]