Gray ― sunless ― fine. ― Rose at 6.30, & “packed” &c. till breakfast. Underhill came. ―
At 10 came to Railway ― & by 1.45 or 2.15 (in company with a very pleasant intelligent man,) came to Brocklehurst ― days of 1855!! ― & to Lymington. Here, there was a fuss about the Steamboat, ―going from the quay to the jetty & vice versa ― water not being deep enough. At last, got off with 2 passengers from the jetty. Ran aground on starting & had to wait the tide ― saw 2 wrecks in the river. Across the Yarmouth ― ˇ[by 4.10] & Fly to Farringford ― arriving before 5. Great loveliness of scenery ― but how much is being spoiled by “novelties” as the Spaniard says.
Saw ET & AT ― & walked in the field & garden with him ― the boys 2 here. Dinner pleasant ― & evening would have been so had not Mrs. C. come in, whom ― never liking at any time, ― I now dislike extremely on account of the H.H.J. business. Besides she is a bore. Emily T. is I think sadder than formerly: the sending the boys to school is a weight perhaps on the future. Alfred is more expansive & diffusive than usual. Although this is one of the places I am really happy in, ― (& few they are) ― tho’ the pleasure is “mingled with Melancholy” ― like Ellis Ashtons “fox color mingled with gray.” ― I had a letter from the good old gentleman yesterday.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]