Rose at 7. ― The mornings are red ― the days wholly fine, today colder though, as light clouds obskewer the sun.
Dim ― downcast, unhappy.
Worked at the 4 5 pounders ― & finished all by 2. P.M. Then I did one of the Tyrants ― a process: ― & at 3 came Lady Duncan & poor Anna: Lady D. bought one of the 5 pounders ― so there is 25£ “fixed.[”]
At 4.30. walked ― posted a letter written in the morning to T. Fairbairn ― & bought some card mounts, as a speculation.
Dined before 6. G.’s dinners ever excellent. Afterwards ― excepting overlooking G.’s writing, & hearing him read ― penned out 4. Corniche drawings till 10.
The sea makes an unpleasant noise.
This day last year, at this hour, I was at Piacenza or Modena or thereabouts ― on my way to Ancona.
2nd day of 5 pounders.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]