Rose at 5.30. Very lovely ― how lovely are English gardens with their long shadows & golden trees ― at this hour! Yet none awake nor walk. I however did ― from 6 to 7.30. ― Then breakfast & then saw kind Mr. Prescott, & was at Stratford Olace by 9. writing till 10, notes to Mrs. Shakespear ― Lord Lilford & others. ― Penned out Crete sketches till 2, then lunched at Mrs. Clive ― when Bulwer of Cerigo called, but did not come up: ― C. Church however did so, & staid some time: he talked sensibly enough about the “religious crisis.” He has an offer of the Chaplainery to the Factory of St. Petersburgh!
Penned out, & then arranged oils, & even did a little to the Argostoli till 5.30. Walked out & called on Mr. Mieville ― wonderful old gentleman at 80 ― so fresh & cheerful ― yet totally blind. What a changing world! Loyd (L. Overstone) has said he used to know 60 years ago “when he had only 2000£ ― & could only give one sort of wine.” Cab to W.N.’s. C. Ingleby there, with whom, before W.N. came up, I talked a good deal. She says her father is quite childish, & talks for hours to himself in the glass. γνώθι σ’εαύτον ― with a vengeance.
Bothery about the 2 Tennyson pictures.
Tired & sleepy, Cab home by 9.30.
Know thyself (NB).
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]