Slept well. Rose at 7. & by 9. was up at De V.’s ― breakfast. prayers ― & talk till 11 ― when I went off in a car. I am very glad to have seen these good people again.* Ryde by 12. these Isle of Wight places are odious ― & full of bore. Steam ― by Osborne (1846!) & to Cowes ― & so to Southampton ― going on to another pier, whence I went to a 3rd ― & so by another Steamer to Hythe ―: There a lunch at the Drummond Arms ― & car on to Cadlands. Very splendid place. ― Walk till 5. Came in ― & saw sweet Mrs. Edgar Drummond ― & now ― 6-7 ― am in my “own room.”
Dinner pleasant. Afterwards ― a bore, along of these Jenkinsons.
(he lingered till Saturday Tuesday h 22nd.)
* Alas! alas! I never did nor can! this day ― 1 Aug. 1865 ― I hear that yesterday poor De Vere was murdered!
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]