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.
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.
 Because of clouds, it became dark (NB).
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]