Wednesday, 23 December 1863

Fine day ― all through.

Few letters. ― One payment, & later another. 70 yet to pay. Letter from Emma Parkyns ――――――――――

Went to Day’s ― the last of the 380 Subscribers’ copies goes out today. ― Looked over a magnificent collection of drawings made in India ― by Simpson. Returned at 2 ― & wrote 20 letters ― asking for subscriptions, book being received. ― Van Crake & his 2 boys came. ― At 4 ― went to the Lord C.’s ― but he had gone to Hackwood: & then to Slingsby Bethells ―: he had gone there too, but Mrs. S. was there. Heard a good deal of Craven & other matters. Saw her very nice little girl ― & the twins. So ―― no Hackwood for me: ― & I don’t know where to pass Xmas ― for it will not do to go to Teignmouth. Μόνος ― μόνος, πρέπει νὰ ἤμαι.[1]

At 7.30 ― to H.J. Bruce’s.


Remarkably pleasant evening.

Afterwards sung ― but not well.

Home by 11. Found Day’s bill £559.15.6 ― including the Corfû prints.


[1] Alone ― alone I must be (NB).

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

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