Bad night’s rest. ― Today has been, first bright & sunny, ― then cloudy gray ― & so to the end, calm: ― & no need of fires.
Ἐγῶ, ὅμως, ― did not go out till 5: but worked hard at just coloring the pencil outlines I made yesterday of the 240 Tyrants. My! ― how hard I did work! ― But I became depressed & worried towards afternoon. ― There were letters from Fanny Coombe, & Cromek, & T. Cooper. ― And at 4.30, came Lord Strangford, whom, had I been at leisure, I should have been glad to see.
At 5 I set out ― & tried to find the Cortazzi ― which after a while I did. Both are altered ― Helena the most: ― poor things.
Returned & dined, ― G. making one quite comfortable, & settling himself to read afterwards as regularly as possible. A man & of good conditions.
But I myself cannot work much, for I have no good lamps. ―
Very quiet place this ― & with an extra table or two, & lamps, ― perfect. Lady S. asked me to go out to their Hotel ― μὰ τοῦτο εἶναι ἀδύνατον.
Wrote for 2 Pillischer Lamps today.
Reading, the Competition Wallah with gt. delight.
2nd day of 240 Tyrants.
 I, however (NB).
 But that is not possible (NB).
 George O. Trevelyan’s The Competition Wallah. London and Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1864. The book collected a series of letters Trevelyan had contributed to Macmillan’s Magazine during his stay in India as a civil servant.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]