A hapless day of bad sight, & general incapacity.
Worked at the Janina ― painting out the mountains, & getting the whole picture into an apparently lost condition. At 1. came the angelic Emma Parkyns: ― what a child! Yet she seems far from well ― & naturally ― having had 7 infants in such space of time as 8 years. But Manny & she are happy ― if any one couple is so ―I must go to Hackwood on Saturday.
Finding I could not work, I went at 4. to the Zoological Gardens ― returning at 7. to dine.
Mrs. Robinson had called ― & there was a letter from Jane H. Hunt ― the Costers had written on their voyage out.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]