Wednesday, 14 September 1864

Gray early ― then gleamy ― then pouring rain ― from 4 till 9.

Worked at the foreground of Sir W. James’s picture ― having some fresh brambles brought me by the Coopers ― & also some I took from Hackwood. (The Coopers are “joyful,” ― having brought back their recovered little girl.)

Worked till 5 or 6 ― when ἒξ αἰτὶας νεφέλων, σκοτεινήν ἣτο.[1]

No one came. At 8. to E. Drummond’s. My! how it rained!


Remarkably pleasant evening. ― talk of Colenso &c.: ― & later ― & pleasanter, of Greece & Turkey.

Walked home ― by 11.30.

[1] Because of clouds, it became dark (NB).

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]


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One response to “Wednesday, 14 September 1864

  1. Catherine Sinclair Galea

    Well done Mr Graziosi for making (graziosamente) these endearing letters of Lear available for us to read and enjoy an element of his humorous company and descriptive diary entries – in various linguistic fashion. I made an extensive study on Lear in 1993 and wished at the time to travel to Houghton Library at Harvard – family commitment precluded me from doing so but you have happily brought the diaries to us. I am happy to discuss more on Lear with other Lear enthusiasts.

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