Tuesday, 24 January 1865

Clear & beautiful all day ―― but that is little to me, who from 7.30 to 4.30 work in a room looking on to a wall=courtyard.

A trying day. Could not finish more than 11 of the 25 drawings ― tho’ the rest may be finished tomorrow.

Yet the constant change of subject, & the inability ― according to this system, ― to work out any improvement or feeling, worries & drives me wild. Odd ― measuring the distances on the mounts ― ruling lines ― &c. &c. ― & I am all but headless.

I had intended going to Lady Duncan ― but could not. At 5.30 ― posted a letter to Cecil Lane, ― with whom once more in Ἀργοστόλι would I were!

At 5.45 ― called on Mrs. Smith-Barry.

Fitz Jacson ― has a daughter. ―――

Home by 6.30. & dined: & penned out. & heard G. read ― but little ― as I am knocked up.

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


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