Rose at 6.30 ― & drew till 8.30. Breakfast.
Vastly lovely till noon: then clouds ― & heaps of dust & wind ― & then a little rain ― & after that, cold: the coldest cold yet colded in Nice.
At 10, went to Vittoria Hotel ― & saw Gussie & Wally off ――― ――― ―――
Wrote to Emma Parkyns. ―――
Worked ― (at Ionian Views,) till 5. (having, at 10.30, walked up the Carabacel to leave a note on Mrs. Beaumont,) &, ἔπειτα, called on Mrs. Smith-Barry. ―――
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She spoke of the Empress of Russia wanting to see my drawings ― &, taken all’improvviso, I said “Yes” ―
But, later, I have reflected ― & say No.
Dined at 6.30.
Penned out, last Alassio drawings ― to 10.
It would be better to sell no more drawings here, than to involve oneself in endless risk of loss of time & temper by contact with Royalty.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]