We reached Calais by 1.30. A.M. & were soon on board the boat, where we sate still ― setting off at 2 ― & getting to Dover ― (o surise!) at 3.15.
Hence, starting at 4.30 ― we went to London, & were at the Strand by 6.30 ― or 45. Short looking at luggage: ― when I took leave of Francis Moore of the 8th ― a good & cheerful lad, ― & cabbed to Stratford Place. Found all the rooms let ― & all my things come from Foords ―: 2 of W.N.’s pictures there also. After thoroughly unpacking & arranging, breakfast & washing ― it was 11. When I called on Mrs. Clive, C. Fortescue, Foords, Jones ― &c. ― till 1 P.M. ― when I came to Victoria Station, & thence to Lewes. Dined with the kind Hunts, (who have Bessie & Eva Coster on their way to New Zealand,) & to bed at 10 ― very sleepy. What rapidity of change!
I hear with sorrow, that J.B.N. & V. have stopped payment! Poor Bill. Resolve forthwith to buy the 2 pictures.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]