Thursday, 22 September 1864

Rose at 7. (Rain at night)


Tarrant sent home the last of the Crete drawings ― mounted on 126. mounts in all.

F. Lushington & “Zillah” came. (he asked me to be proxy for G.S. Venables ― as Godfather to his boy: tho’ I could nto do.) Z. is very pretty & sweet looking.

Painted a good bit, & certainly greatly improved the Jánina, ― tho’ even now, it seems scarcely any nearer to “finish.” ―

Went out at 5 ― calling on Wade-Browne, & on Mrs. Hankey ―: & looking out for a Moderator Lamp. See by papers ― that there are riots in Turin, which cuts & grieves me dreadfully.

Read Babbage’s “Passages &c.”[1] ― a curious book ― but not altogether satisfactory.

Met Mr. Prince in Oxford St. ― a good little man. Afterwards ― met poor W. Nevill ― & walked about with him up & down: ― a sad & unhinged affair. ― concerning his sending Hugh to see R. Smedley ――― the man who took out a writ against W.N. before any one!!!!! ― Billy’s ideas of right & wrong are queer indeed ― but he has much to suffer, & that is very sad. ― Percy Coombe came & dined with me. The Thomson Hunkeys & Edgar Drummonds both asked me. ― Evening very tolerable.



[1] Charles Babbage’s Passages from the Life of a Philosopher. London: Longman, Green, Longaman, Roberts, & Green, 1864.

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

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