Gray all day ― a stormy shower or two.
Staid at home all the morning: wrote a long letter to C.F. & to F.L. & others to T. Cooper &c. &c. &c. &c. &c.
At 1 ― went out to call at the De Veres, & met good De Vere just coming to me. So I walked home with him, & lunched with them, Mrs. Carnegie, a very “piquant” pleasant little lady being of the party ― to whom, ἔπειτα came her husband. At 3 ― went with D.V. & Mrs. D.V. to Church ― & endured an afternoon service. (Captn. Randolph of the Orlando was at D.V.’s ― much fussed ― having issued cards for, & received accepts from all the “quality” for theatricals & a ball for next Wednesday ― which is “discovered” to be Ash Wednesday! ― Quel horreur! And the Chaplain of the Ship? Being asked he said “of course he knew it was A. Wednesday ― but did not think it his part to speak!!” ― concern the bother.)
Afterwards, called on Wade-Browne & Mr. Bailey, (son of the extinct Duke,) & walked with them ― showers notwithstanding, round about the town ― & to Vasilakis gardens & returning by 6.
Dressed & to the Palace
Afterwards, an hour at Barings rooms. ―
Home by 11.30.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]