Rose at 6. Bright & lovely. A little walk to the great trees & over to broadgreen ―― & so breakfast ― & ponychaise to Basingstoke.
Stratford Place by 10.30. Letters from Fanny Coombe. Arthur Empson ― dear Mrs. Empson is dead: ― she died on the 21. May. ― O! kind friend! O days gone by!! ――――
From Mrs. Boyd ― who is in England &c. &c. Answered letters & penned out till 3. Then I went out & called on Clay, Lady Elizth. Drummond, °Lady Hunter, Lady Somers, Hodgson, °Mrs. Norman, Fainbairn, Dss. St. Albans, Miss Stanley, Mrs. Buxton Mrs. Hanmmond, H.J. Holland, ― °Mrs. Cave, ― Duke St. Albans, ˇ[Brassay]. Those marked ° I saw ― leastwise Mrs. Cameron: ― who really seemed to me supremely mad.
Home by 7 to dress. (saw the Prescotts & Mrs. Decie. Χθές Evelyn ― & T.G. Baring had called, C.E. Luard & others ― but so great is the hustle here I can not give 10 minutes thought to anyone person or thing. O! O! O! for a quiet hour! ― a luncheon in Crete! ― Ineed I really think of going off altogether, tho’ I could arrange to pay more, & have more comfort, I might make more money & consequently have more quiet months abroad.[)]
Dinner at the Wynnes, very unusually good & well arranged: & in all respects “successful.[”]
Home by 11.30
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]