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


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.

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

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One response to “Saturday, 20 February 1864

  1. Peter Byrne

    Commonsensical Edward could never understand imperial politics. Yet he was born, raised and surviving in the belly of the beast. What made sense to the new nation of Greece was nonsense in Whitehall. Britain could not avoid handing over the forts on the islands which would be Greece’s. So it blew them up– or down, as he said. It was as crazy as his illustration of a limerick. Greece would never be an enemy but the favourite good guy of all her Majesty’s politicians who learned to wear togas at Eton.

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