XX Cloudy ― & gleamy, but with very violent gusts of W. Wind all day at times ― & storms of rain. ― indeed ― a truly odious day. Packed my lamps & various smallnesses: & did nothing all day but look at Capt. Deverill’s beloved geese. The conduct of that exemplary gander is indeed beautiful.
Poor Χριστός was the same all last night.
The remaining gt. case was got out of the cellar ― for packing, I hope ― tomorrow. ―
Italian Mail brought papers ― 22nd & 3 letters ― 2. receipts from Lady Dunmore & Lord Sonthesk for the Ionian Views. One from C.F. The D. of N. has had 2 fits, & must resign. Altogether C.F.’s letter is very kind & good. I sent it to Sir H.J.
Dined at Boyds ― 6.30. The Martello tower fell at 5.30. The gas pipes laid down every where ― impede the Line wall passenger.
Evening far from unpleasant.
But the wind is dreadful, & great rain has fallen. A very sad day.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]