Friday, 6 January 1865

XX

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.]

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