Perhaps still colder ―― frightfully cold for the poor Corfiotes.

Did not paint. Wrote at intervals to C. Fortescue,1 Dickenson, Hansen, Walter, Mrs. Empson, Mrs. Hornby, Bicken, Drummond, & Clowes. A nice letter from Miss Dennett. ― At 5 ― after Shakespeare, Stuart, & Ponsonby had been in, the former buying my Photographic apparatus2 ― walked the short  round & at 6½ dined alone. Great cold.

One of Shakespear's photographs of Corfu.

[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3. Previously published in Lear 1988, 124.]

  1. See LEL, 84-5. []
  2. Lear had been experimenting with photography as an aid for his artistic work, but evidently was not satisfied. Some of the photographs Major Shakespear took with Lear’s camera can be seen here. []