Rose at 5½. Greek till 8. Worked irregularly ― & suddenly came to awful grief

X1 X2 X31

At 5 went to Lady Reid, Mrs. Gage, & Miss Eisenbach; ― dined alone, & to bed early.

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

  1. Lear marked his epileptic attacks with Xs, usually, as here, indicating how many he had in a month by a number. He was not consistent, however; in some cases he did not number the marks or only numbered the days on which he had a seizure, even when more than one X appeared. []