Monday, 20 February 1865

Lovely early ― & fine ― tho’ cloudier, till 3 ― or 4 ― after which violent Mistral & no end of dust: fine effects tho’ of sun & cloud.


Medicine ― & did not draw before breakfast.

Letters from
T. Cooper: ― they have another little girl: bother.
[W.] John Day. ―
Emily Tennyson ― delightful.
Evelyn Baring ― most pleasant.
& Miss Mary Wentworth ―――

Drew off & on all day ― tyrants.

At 3.30 came Mr. Somerset, with Mr Harris, a very pleasant invalid: also with 2 Messers Unwin ― not prepossessing, & one vulgar. Lo ― they are brothers of Lady Sargent. ―

Out at 4.45. ― Meeting Lord Fitzwilliam ― & walking back with him a bit. Μοὶ φαίνεται ― δὲν εἷναι τόσον pleasant ὥς προτήτερον.[1]

Ἵσως διὰ τὸν ἰερέα.[2] ― Perhaps however, this may be my fancy. Called on the Deakins ― & posted 2 letters ― to John Day, & to Miss Wentworth.

Intense dust & wind: the Promenade deserted.

Returned by 6.30 ― & dined.

Heard G. read. ― & penned out till 10.30. ―

[1] It seems to me that he is not as pleasant as before.

[2] Perhaps for the priest (NB).

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


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