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Monday, 29 February 1864

Violent rains at times all day: ― dark & light by fits. Early ― unwell ― & could work not at all. A letter from T. Cooper. ― (by the Alexandria boat last night late,) enclosed ― letters from

Miss James.}
C. Church.}
Miss Wentworth} thanking me for the Lithographs
Miss Murray.}
Admiral Murray ― sending 3 subscribers to the Ionian Book.
A receipt for £3.3. from Drummonds ―
& for a bill of Lincoln & Bennetts ―
& a letter from T. Cooper.

Worked at the Florence ― & partly seemed to save it from utter destruction.

Clark (Rev. Sydney) came. I was pleased to hear how simply & broadly he spoke about the Essays & Reviews judgment. Having written κατιτί[1] ― I walked out at 5 ― the rain having ceased: ― by the Prison road ― & back by the Kokali houses. Walks ― soon to be for ever discontinued. ―――

Dined μοναχῶς. reading Josephus.

Alas! the quiet! never more to return!

Penned out till 10. Cerigo views.

καὶ οὕτως τελιώθε ὁ Φεββραῖος[.][2]

 


[1] Something (NB).

[2] And so February came to an end (NB).


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Sunday, 28 February 1864

Very warm & fine ― mountains invisible=misty.

Went to church ― perhaps for the last time here. Fisher of Cephalonia preached an ass like sermon of Herodias & Salome, & fornication generally.

Returned home to put on thinner dress, ― then to De Veres, were I lunched.

Back by 2 ― & then went to Wade-Browne’s ― who walked with me ― to the clay hill over Manducchio ― where we sate & lay on the grass from 3.30 to 4.30. How calm & beautiful the harbour! ――――

We went back by Καστράδες.

A most amusing, certainly, ― & I think really good fellow is Edwd. Wade-Browne.

To the Palace at 7.15 ― 7.30 ― dinner

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Afterwards, to Baring’s rooms with Sturt ― & home by 11.30[.]

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Saturday, 27 February 1864

Dull ― warm ― & at times a little rain, but one sits with open windows nowadays. Worked at “Florence” ― a load of detail ―yet I am not even certain yet what it will turn out to be. Wright of the 2nd 9th called ― & at 1 ― Wade-Browne ― in time to see the last explosion of the Fort Neuf wall. ― great lots of people looking on. Later Craven , (very cross & disagreeable,) came, & Fisher of Cephalonia ― whose place C. takes, ― F. going to Hong King. ― I incline to packing & sending things off to England ― & going myself to Palestine.


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Friday, 26 February 1864

A bad life.

Warm ― fine ― cloudy at times.

Have let out fires ― this is the 3rd day. ―

Worked at Florence. ―

Col. Wright called.

& later, Captn. Phillipps: ― at 5 ― the seawall at Point Perpetua was blown down ― & P. & I walked out to see the matter ― & afterwards to Kastrades point, returning by 7 ―― when I dined, alone & penned out till 11.

Cloudy ― & threatening rain.

P. & others say that the ill feeling about the Forts is great.


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Thursday, 25 February 1864

Fine all day.

Did not go out ―

Worked at Cephalonia ― i.e. Argostoli.

Wade-Browne called.

Dined μοανχῶς.

Penned out till 11.

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Wednesday, 24 February 1864

Quite fine & lovely all day ―

But, as yesterday ― went not out.

Painted a little ― on Argostoli ― but very little.

Dim life.

Hogg ― Captn. Morris, & another called.

Dined μοναχῶς.

Penned out, Cerigo.


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Tuesday, 23 February 1864

Gray ― fine.

The 21 steamer, & the yesterday’s regular came in ― bringing the other 3 papers ― no letters.

Sent no letters to post.

Dim & dreary life.

Worked at Turin trees, & somewhat at Florence, mainly withal I looked out of window, watching the “dismantling” of Fort Neuf.

Dined μοναχῶς.

Penned out (Cerigo drawings,) till 11.30.


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Monday, 22 February 1864

Fine.

The Saty. Steamer only came in ― bringing 4 papers ― & a letter from Day.

Painted at Turin all day ― not going out.

Dined μοναχῶς ― penned till 10.


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Sunday, 21 February 1864

Rose late ― very fine ― & very warm all day ― but sciroccoish. No steamers of any sort. ―

Read Lord W. Lennox’s Biographies,[1] & penned out more or less always till 2 ― when Wade-Browne came, & cross as I was, persuaded me to go out.

So we went straight on end to Calafutimes ― some 6½ miles ― whence assuredly the view is most lovely & wonderful. The peasants are a fine race & courteous too. It was a hard run to get back by time to dress ― . ―

At the palace

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No steamers: 2 due.

Home by 11.30[.]

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[1] Lennox, Lord William Pitt. Fifty Years’s Biographical Reminiscences. 2 Vols. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1863.


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Saturday, 20 February 1864

Quite lovely & warm all day: open windows.

Experiments at Vido & Fort Abraham ― but no great noise.

Worked from 8.45 ― to 5.45 ― at Turin, going all over the Alps ― a little of the town, & latest, the trees: but I am not sure that the latter end of that picture be not worse than the first.

Half resolving to go to Palestine: a state of mind brought on by seeing Tippings views in Traill’s Josephus.[1]

Did not go out at all ― a bore, & yet no steamer came.

Crowds on the Line Wall to see a small steam gun-boat ― brought by the Italian War steamer. At 7 ― to De Veres

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Left at 11.20 ― most pleasant & hospitable evening.

 


[1] The Jewish War of Flavius Josephus: A New Translation, vy the late Rev. Robert Traill, D.D. M.R.I.A. Edited, with notes, by Isaac Taylor. With Pictorial Illustrations. 2 Vols. London: Houlston and Stoneman, 1851.


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