Monday, 16 January 1865

Early part of the day quite clear & fine. Cloudy after 3 or 4 ― & after 8 ― stormy & rainy.

Rose in better humour ― (breakfast at 9.) & resolved to make the best of it. So, by 1 P.M. ― finished the remaining 4 drawings ― making 20 in all of the 5 pounders ― & mounted them ― (a bore ― but no help, this latter operation.) Began 5 more.

At 3.30 ― (or 3) came Higgins, & Mrs. H. ― she is a really ladylike, intelligent, & kindly woman. J.O. wants good breeding φορᾶη.[1] Nevertheless, he bought 4 of the 5 pounders ― so that is encouraging.

Mrs. Smith-Barry didn’t come.

Sent G. (at 4.50 ―) to Villa Sassernò, & walked to Carabacel, where I sat with Lady & Anna Duncan till 6.15. Dark & unsafe road home, & should not be tried by me at night.

Home by 7 ― & dinner 7.30 ―

Penned out 3 drawings ― all of Mentone in going to Genoa, & the last of that lot.

Bed at 11.30.


[1] Mares.


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

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