As bad times as in older days!
Drew ― interrupted by Wilson, & by Mr. Robinson & his 2 sisters & another, & then by Charlton’s man. Paid C. £9.10.9 for the press & repairing a [bedside shade] ― & after a fortnight waiting I got no drawer at all. ― Irritated not a little: the man sent from Charlton’s said distinctly that they had just such a chest of Drawers as I wanted in “stock”, and it would be ready in 3 days: ― yet afterwards declared I ordered a new one! Greeks are dishonest people. ― Later in the day, T. Cooper got me a Capital chest for £2.10.0. After 6, I was occupied in arranging the various clothes, carpets, &c. &c. At 8 ― when I dined, came various letters; one from F. Lushington ― Mrs. F.L. has a little boy: which news delight me. Wyatts write ― they are all away tomorrow. ― Miss Goldsmid, ― Admiral Robinson &c. &c. &c.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]