Tuesday, 9 February 1864

Gusty ― stormy all day ― at times ― hail showers.

6. Steamer in all at once.

One paper ― Febry. 2nd. no letters. Posted letters to C.F. & F.L. & T. Cooper ― enclosing several.

Worked at Jameson’s Florence till 5. more or less well.

5.30 ― walked out, Νικκερμποκεριστά ἐνδεδυμένος.[1] Overtaking Col. Wright R.A. (― dry man of the world & ancient Colourist) ― walked with him till 6.30 ― & he told me all about his Palestine tour last year. It seems falks went ― [moyennant] Lady Ellenboro, to Palmyra ― for £15.0.

Conceive 3what a bore it must have been to have gone with the Wrights! No wonder a Mr. Ballantine ― (the Jerusalem Artichoke ―) left them.

No end of wind ― in horrid gusts. A nice letter from Baron D’Everton, today.

But it went down as suddenly as it roe, καὶ ἡ ἑσπέρα ἣτο ἣσυχα.[2] ―

Dined ― & penned out Rakli views till 10.30.

G. went out to get physic for Χριστὸς.

[1] Dressed in Knickerbockers (NB).

[2] And the evening was quiet (NB).

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


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