Rose at 6 & began to work on at the Florence till 8. ―
After breakfast worked ― but little owing to Dickenson, Nicolas, Laura, Shakespear, & Bulwer all coming. Then lunch, & then sleep & work ― painting & penning out, ― till 6. The weather is lovely now, ― but this one must not think of.
Did not go out all day. ― till 7.15. Then to St. John’s Wood Lodge, where was a larger party than usual.
In spite of being “coquettish,” (as M. Blumenthal said I was, & lady Goldsmid approved,) I sang one or two AT songs: & one Shelley: but the [novelty] (or absurd unscientific character) of these songs is their attraction in chief. Afterwards Blumenthal played ― beautifully: a various=pleasant man, but who would soon bore me. Wilkie Collins is very greatly aged. Cab home ― near 12.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]