Sunday, 6 November 1864

Slepp uncommon. But woke at 7 ― & riz ― taking Maggneisher, & coffee. Then walked out: bright & lovely morning ― Hotels & lodgings innumerable. Saw many ― let all by the season ― but none under 2000 fr. ― 80£ ― & those furiously horrid with colors & furniture. Walked quite beyond the “Promenade des Anglais,” ― & saw a Casa Ginesi, where were rooms, (2200 fr.) more to the purpose ― but requiring a servant, & fuor di strada: also some 1500 fr. ― 60£ ― but with stables below: ― [“]mais, savez vous, Monsieur, la famille qui prederà le premier etage ― peut être elle n’aura pas des chevaux.” ― So I returned by 11. (Both steamers are in from Genoa, but no George.) Breakfasted ― & then about 1 or 2, (having arranged to take 2 rooms here for an uncertain time at 10 fr. A day, & moved up all my things,) went out again ― by the castle, & to the Gk. Consul, but he was out: afterwards to Pantaleone’s ― where I saw he Dr. & also Madame, & sate a while pleasantly. Ἔπειτα ― at 3 or 3.30, walked to the Carabaselle quarter, & found Lady & poor Anna Duncan, who poor thing is most sadly changed. O! how sad is most human life! So bright now ― so dark afterwards! ――

Walked back ― rainy now ― to the Hotel du Nord, & at 5.30 dined at the table d’hôte. An agreable person next me ― talking French, yet not a Frenchman, ― talked of America &c. ― a Pole. ― Query: are there many Poles in all Hotels in Nice? It is needles[s] to observe the I said nothing of Poland. At present, 7.30, I am writing this: ― if poor good dear George is on his way, I fear he is a suffering ― for the road near Ventimiglia is broken up by the rains. I may hear  (from Stratford Place ―) on Thursday ― or he may come, ― or neither of these may happen: ― patience only is the rule & hope.

Thank god for health.

Willington is married ―― & to a Miss Hopwod. (??)

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


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