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Sunday, 11 December 1859

Cold. Near frost: ― and the dear good people of this house keep its passage so awfully cold I am half dead, & deaf with one ear.

Wrote letters till lunch. ― After that, Bernard & I, with one Inigo Gell, & one ―― Beard, walked to Bible bottom & Caburn. The Downs were very bright & grand & the day lovely & softly clear.

We dined at 6: ― & afterwards, I got a little better & made an effort to sing for the silly little Miss Key.

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

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Saturday, 10 December 1859

Very cold. Wrote several letters. ―

Went to Drummond’s & drew £150.

& paid
Foord 46.
Jones.            42
Roberson.    29. ―

Saw the new Bassæ frame at Foord’s. At 3 came to Hayward’s Heath, & had to wait there till 5 ― then to Lewes.

Very bitterly cold, & not very well.

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

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Friday, 9 December 1859

Foggy ― but dry. ― Wrote till 11. At 12.10 ― off by rail to Leatherhead ― & there by 1.5. Walked to Ellens. Poor Ellinor! ― what a crush of all that was so happy! ― After dinner ― (poor W. was asleep till then,) I went in to see him ―: he is greatly changed, & I do not think can live. How gentle & good & unselfish a man he has ever been!! ― Well may poor Ellinor say ― “after 40 years of such a life ― it is dreadful to look to loneliness & desolation only! ―” ― A Mrs. Waite came in ― their minister’s wife: & I wrote to Ann. At 4¾ left Ellen & walked to the station ― & so rail to town by 6.15. walk & cab to Stratford Place. Letters from F.L.J.J. HornbyWyatt & Col. Leake. ― Wrote.

Cold & unwell.

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Thursday, 8 December 1859

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Very fine ― & warmer. Rose at 9. ―

Breakfast dully. ―― Wrote & read. ― At 1 Lady W. & talk. Then lunch ―”but pork goes [on] for [ever]”

Then Lady W. & C.F. ― W.B., Miss Bolton & I walked to Teddington & thorugh Bushy Park, (where we saw a demented Ass, ―) & home: ― pleasant walk, but W.B., & Miss B. bored me. ― From 4½ to 5½ sang to Lady W. ― Dinner ― interrupted & finally somewhat up by sudden departures.

Mr. H. & Lady W. went off at 6. C.F. & I at 6¾. He is much excited, & hardly tried. ――

Rail to town. ―――Many letters. ― Wrote.

After I was in bed & fast asleep ― Charles Wynne came! ― but I was too tired to wake up.

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

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Wednesday, 7 December 1859

Particularly fine day. The morning was lovely ― & the long shadows over the green bright grass! ― At 9 ― C.F. went to town. At 10 breakfast rather void & solemn. ― Wrote afterwards & read the “suppressed passages” in the H. Walpole letters ― to my great amusement. ― Sent letters to post. ― Lunch. After which sang Elaine’s song to Lady W. ― & to Mr. H., & again to C.F. who came in. ― But I cannot sing well in the cold long low room, though it is very beautiful, & the Piano good. ― From 3 to 4 walked about the grounds ― mostly with W.B. ― Then wrote some of the Bassæ letters: & talked till 6. ――

Dinner as yesterday ― but with 2 Miss Moneys. ― Conversation brighter & livelier. Lady W. is a wonder. ― Evening in the gallery: ― sang a good deal. Letters from Eddy Hornby & Lucy H. ― & Miss Yates & poor dear Ellen. W. Newsom is really sinking, I fear. ―

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Tuesday, 6 December 1859

Very nice letters from C. Wynne, & Simeon. ― At 9¼ ― F.L. came & breakfasted. Talk mostly of the Bassæ affair. ―

Let us be glad anything is preserved ― but ― how much is gone “for ever”! ― which I write, remembering Corfû days. ―

After F. went, I wrote ― & packed: ― & at 2 took 110£ ― the remainder of Edwards’s money ― to Drummond’s. ― Then I called on Maclean ― had hair cut ― &c. ― Back to Stratford Place, & to Twickenham rail by 4½. Immense rain ―: day had been dry. Am writing this at Strawberry Hill. ― The accounts of poor W. Newsom by a letter from Ann, are worse. ―

C.F. came in as I was dressing: he does not seem well. At dinner were Mr. H. ― Ward B. ― & a Miss Bolton, an elderly spinster Aunt. ― I am readily bore often, ― but was unwell & cold, & so more so than usual. After dinner, the Library being warmer I got better ― & looked over various illustrations of H. Walpole. ― At 11 C.F. came to my room, & we had a good deal of talk.

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

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Monday, 5 December 1859

Gloomy ― but not cold. ― The breakfast at Woodberry is most distressing ―: Willie is more horribly bearish than it is possible to conceive. ― At 9¾ we left in the Brougham, W.N. Geoff & I. Kindest of human beings is dear old Will Nevill ― but he cannot look forward to confort from those boys.

Stratford Place by 11. ― Nice letters from Lady StanleyMrs. Clive, Mr. G. Scrivens, Mrs. Howard, Lord Clermont & T. Hamilton. The Bassæ Septuagint really seems to go ahead. Morning in making out accounts. Mr. Sayer called ― & J. Uwins: the latter has taken rooms in Albany St. ―

Went to Drummond’s. & left 140£ there. Then to Foords, where I saw the Bassæ ― & poor old Mr. Goddard. ― Then to Hansen’s ― & back. ― “Selected” drawings to take to Rome till 5 or 6. Dinner & tea together. ――

Wrote, & looked over papers till 9 or 10.

Could not sleep.

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Sunday, 4 December 1859

Health better. Very cold & bad morning. ―

Fearful day of cold ― rain, fog, wind, & darkness.

No one went to church ―: I wrote a good deal.

Dinner at 1. ― Dessert at 4 ― Tea at 6. ― supper at 9. ― Intervals filled up as may be. ―

The positiveness & wrangling of the 2 boys worries me fearfully: & the loud talking of Guy. ― Mary ― thanks to Miss Staples, is a darling.

In the evening I drew for them. ―

Bed at 10½. Eh! what a loss was Mary Nevill!

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Saturday, 3 December 1859

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A sad & annoying day. Rose at 7. Fine, but very cold. Breakfast ― Evans & Gisborne being there. ―

Cab to Derby Rail. At 10 off with a very slow train, & worrying talking man inside. At Rugby ― 12.30 waited till 1/15 & off again. Immensely irritated & nervous: X1

At London by 3.30 & Stratford Place in cab.

Letters from Baring, Blencowe, Blencowe, & Bell ― subscribing to the Bassæ. ― Letter from AnnW. Newsom extremely ill. ― Cab straight to Woodberry Hill. ― Tired & unwell. The 2 boys ― & James Head there. Unwell with cold & irritation & bed early.

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Friday, 2 December 1859

W. EVANS

O dear! What a worrying world! ― all hustle. Rose at 7. Breakfast with all, & the H.J. Sandbachs went. Both he & W.S. subscribed to the Bassæ. Letter from Foord, ― the Bassæ has come! ―― Went at 9 to the Edwards & hung the 2 pictures. Most strange man! Poor Mrs. E. ― I left them all with many emotions. ― Returned to the W.S.’s & staid there till lunch at 12½ . ― Very real & kind people.

Rail, At 1.15 to Liverpool rail. ― Passed Winwick & so on to Warrington & Crewe, the Potterses ― & Derby by 5½. Allestree by 6/15. ― Dinner, all the Gisbornes: Mrs. G. very unwell. ― All kind. ― Shewed Palestine drawings ― for the last time at present. Letters from J.B.H.F.L.Mrs. G. Scrivens, & T. Potter. ― Had to sit up a long while to write. ―

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

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