Monday, 28 March 1864

Dark ― violent wind ― & pouring rain.

Χριστός is the same ― weaker only.

At 12 called on Mrs. Boyd ― then on Baring ― & on Loughman’s, where I lunched. If the L.’s want “the interesting” ― they are at least full of the “amiable”! Returned home at 2: violent wind.

(but the Loughman’s are interesting to those who find that the fulfilling of duty claims an interest. Old Mr. L. sets off tomorrow in hopes to be at the deathbed of his mother, 92. years old ― he having been telegraphed for today. ― It is not all men would do this. ― My hour there was pleasant in some ways ― they are kindly good people ― & we may never meet again.)

Returned ― & sate ― a thinking: no boox ― no nothing: ― so ― after long observing the 6 little geese just hatched today ― I lay down & slept till 4.30. Then I walked out, ― meeting Stocker R.A. Capt. & we walked on: he has just been at Janina ― going by Παγανιά, by Δραμισεύς& Μπαγγοτζοῦςto Σούλι& Πάργα. ― We walked up to Ascension & back by “the middle ravine.” ―

On the way we met E. Baring, De Vere, & Sir H.D. Wolff ― who is wondrously dirty in converse. Baring has lent me a curious book ― travels of a Corfiote “attaché” to an Embassy from Charles V to Henry 8. ―

The wind has been frightful all day ― but has lulled for the time. Home by 7. Gas=pipe-upset streets. At 7.30 ― dined at Carter’s. & home by 8.30 ― Sent Giorgio to Kastrades, a weary sad duty for him poor fellow.

O dear! this leaving Corfu! (Read all the debates of the 19th today.)

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


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  1. Peter Byrne

    Curious how Lear’s chagrin at leaving Corfu in 1864 resembles how many British colonials of the 20th Century felt about leaving Africa when decolonisation came. I wonder if anyone else described so well the feelings of British residents when the Ionian Islands were handed over to Greece.

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