Cold black gloomy.
An interregnum of intellect & occupation, ― for I really cannot sit long, on account of the cold. However, I certainly worked to some purpose at Damascus, for G. yesterday could make nothing of it: whereas today he said ― Certo Damasco.
So I sit & lunch, by the fireside.
Looking at the papers ― I see the death ― at Knibston Grange ― of poor Alfred Fowler’s widow. ――― What an increasingly painful life ― all sorrow, is that of the Fowlers! ―
A veil of cloud ― snowy ― covers all.
Steamers ― “come & go” ― as little Charley Stanley said many years back.
Hogg & Coddington came: & looked at drawings: after which I drew, or read till dark. ―
Dined solo at 6.30. & ἔπειτα, ― set to work at the usual “penning out,[”] & did 2, [yea], part of a 3rd drawing. Once or twice, went in to see George writing, which he goes on with al solito, ― & so, everything seems to proceed as before the Fathers fell asleep.
At 9.45. Bed. But I have a fire in my bedroom in these horrid cold nights.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]