Thursday, 12 January 1865

Cloudy: no sun all day. Not very cold ― but, towards 2 or 3 P.M. dark & rainy: ― then, hard rain.

Did not go out. Began Ὦ τρελλέ![1] ― 8 drawings of a large size ― but collapsed thereon: ― & forthwith gave them up.


Then a note from Higgins ― with a “Memoir” of Monaco ― & wishes for a drawing thereof.

Insanely began 8 small drawings ― but of course, it grew dark before I finished any one of them.

At 5.30 ― wrote to Higgins ― & at 6. dined ― soup & πιλαῦ.[2] Afterwards, heard G. read ― very nicely ― & he writes better. Then penned out 2 large Monaco drawings ― Εῶς τὰς Ἐνδεκα.[3]

Reading C. Napier’s life with delight. Bed at 11.30.

5th day of 5 pounders.

[1] Oh folly.

[2] Pilaf rice.

[3] Until eleven.

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

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