Cold ― very: but bright & lovely to see.
A curious day ― as days go here.
Rose at 6.30 ― & from 7.30 to 9 ― drew ― always the 3rd process of the 150 Tyrants. Breakfast.
Mrs. H.J. Bruce ―} delightful
Wrote to Ellen, & soon after came “John” Harford ― & Mary H. ― very much prettier than ever she was ― wh. is saying much, & Major Bates, brother of Mrs. T. Longman, & of Mrs. V. Davis[.] J.B.H. bought a drawing ― & left with Major B. for Mentone. I, later, walked with Mary H. to some friends of hers, ― & then returned to work ― wh. I did till 4.30.
At 5. to Mrs. Leycesters. ―
6.30 ― dined at home. ― penned out, & heard G. read. & bed at 10.30.
At dinner, having an olive in my mouth ― some adjacent pepper made me sneeze ― & the olive went “no where” ― a horrid choking feeling. Nose stopped up: blew nose: olive came therefrom ― an ugly fact. (Blew-nose Indians?)
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Image.]