Tuesday, 29 December 1863

Warmer again ― but damp. Very unwell.

One payment only. Set off at 10.30 to Waterloo Sation & at 11.10 to Leatherhead. Reading Kingsleys’ Water babies. ― At Ellens by 12.20. Mrs. Hinckson ― a niece of Mr. Newsom’s, ―there. A very grim & cold lady ― but then her aunt’s modes are not warm.

Ill ― & sleepy.

Dinner. poor Ellen’s deafness is very sad. At 3.15 ― I came away, not daring to say I could not come again, for poor thing, it was a great trial to her to part with me, even supposing as she did that I was coming again. It is a sad lonely life for her: & the winter seems dreary & long.

Walked to rail ―3.40. & came to Victoria ― changing at Croydon, ― by 5.20 ― a very long & tiresome journey.

Went to bed very early.

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

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