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Tuesday, 20 September 1864

Fine.

Arranged more drawings for mounting ― & then shaved the Jánina ― for a last trial for completion.

Worked at it, & wrote a journal=description of it till 4. Then, across the Park to Fanny Coombe’s, where I dined.

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Came away at 9. & Percy walked to Hyde P. Corner with me.

Bed by 10.


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Monday, 19 September 1864

Pleasant fine morning. Walk in Park.

Breakfast at 9. At 10.30 ― T.F. walked thro’ the Park with me. His is a kindly nature; I dropped 2 of Daddy’s letters, given me to post ― wo is me! ― but happily they were picked up & posted.[1] ―

Rail 11.10. & to Victoria by 1.46. Stratford Place by 2.15.

Wrote many notes & letters ― & dined at 3.30. Afterwards wrote about Piano, & had my hair cut.

Then walked across the Park to F.L. whom I saw. & home by 7.

Some supper & bed by 10.


[1] There is a note from Lear to William Holman Hunt explaining what happened.


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Sunday, 18 September 1864

Very lovely day. Up by 6.30. Walk in that most beautiful Park ― 8 to 9. Breakfast. To church in break at 11 ― & back. ― Sitting with Daddy. His picture is very beautiful so far. Lunch. Afterwards, T.F. ― Gordon & I ― walked to Bignor. The Howkins’s house ― no one there ― long long years ago!!!! ― yet how well I remember all. Back by Sutton ― very pleasant walk ― by 5 or 6. & more walking with Daddy (lame,) & T.F. Dinner as yesterday ― only Mrs. T.F. was sill & left the table. Bed 11.30.


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Saturday, 17 September 1864

Rose at 7. Fine.

A letter from T. Fairbairn ― they are going off to Rome, & ask me there ˇ[for] tomorrow: all things duly weighed I resolve to go. ―

So I painted a good bit of Sir W. James’s picture, & afterwards of the Jánina somewhat ―― but even now I really half despair of that picture.

Then I wrote to Gussie, Ellen, Mrs. Wyatt ― & F.L.

At 4 ― went to Victoria Station, & at 4.55 ― off ― at Petworth by 6.50. Fairbairns Brougham waiting. Restive horse ― so, walked partly. All very kind & pleasant[.]

1864-09-17

Daddy has hurt his leg badly. Evening very cheery & pleasant.

Bed at 11.30[.]


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Friday, 16 September 1864

Rainy & dark morning ― afternoon fine.

As might be expected ― a day uneasy. Could not paint.

Passed the morning in arranging drawings in the 4th Cabinet.

At 4 ― walked straight to Holloway ― a queer dreamy duty, ――: Walking on the same side of the road as the house ― it seems all pulled down ― as there is only a row of shops to be seen: but on the other side, you see the upper part is still existing ― only divided into three, the inside windows of the spare; & mother’s room, being cut in half ― quâ stair lights. So ―

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So much for Bowman’s Lodge!

Walked back to the Angel, & in a Nomnibus home by 7.


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Thursday, 15 September 1864

Quite fine all day ― but rain from 9 to 11.

Rose at 7. ― Wrote. ―

Worked at the Lady James’s Campagna ― interrupted by Nicòlas’s men bringing home the 4th cabinet.

Worked on ― foreground. At 3 ― T.G. Baring came ― poor dear good Baring: than whom I hardly know a better man.

Worked on till 5.30 ― & placed drawings &c. &c. &c. ― till 7.30[.]

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Very pleasant evening.

News of Viscountess Harding’s death. Talk with T.G.B. till 11.30.

Cab home by 12.

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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!

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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).


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Tuesday, 13 September 1864

Fine ― but a “dies non.” ― Rose at 7.

Worked hard all day, carrying down books &c., & putting them in the bookcases which were finally put up by 2 P.M.

Got the last things down by 6.15.

Had a bath & was somewhat refreshed, tho’ awfully tired. At 7 to 40 Norfolk Terrance.

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Very pleasant.

Walked home by 10.45.

2. anecdotes of clean Turk ― told by Mr. Mitford. Fine swell Peterburgh lady ―

Mis vous savez Mme. que nous autres sommes aussi ^[tellement] en arrière!

Non Madame ― et vous?


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Monday, 12 September 1864

Rail to town by 9.30.

F.L. c alled. Went to see Mr. Fergusson till 12.

Lunch.

Came Foord’s men ― & took down the 3 Bookcases. ―

At 7.40. to E. Drummonds.

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Home by 11.30[.]


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Sunday, 11 September 1864

Most lovely day ― & enjoyed.

Walk at 8 ― μοναχῶς ― in the wood: ― then with the L.C. Breakfast & after that, a long walk with him, he riding. Much talk of the Bps ― Colenso & others. ― Lunch. Then shewed all Cretan drawings ― pleasure abundant. Later, with the L.C. & Emma P. & 2 children ― into the Park. Dinner.

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Singing after ― till 10.30[.]

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