Woke at 6. & rose by candlelight, resolving hard, if possible to set myself in a good groove. Lit my own fire, & managed papers & letters, & things for drawing ― & by the time I was washed & dressed it was 9. Went to Cagiati & bought fenders, & to other places. S.W.C. not up yet. Breakfast at filthy Café Greco alone. Came in & began Penrhyn’s Masada. Called on Beresford & Conyers ― who are living below me. ― Worked again. ― Delightful letters from my dear Ann! ― from Mrs. Empson, & Mrs. Clive! ― Huge joy & resurrection of spirits. ― Drew at Masada, after a visit to S.W.C. & McBean &c. ― At 3.30 ― walk by river ― very lovely afternoon ― returning by the P. Molle1 road, met P. Williams, & walked with him. S.W.C. ― To Huskisson’s at 6.30 ― Miss Elliot, & Mr. Clark ― very pleasant dinner ― nice little woman. Afterwards Elliots & Ogles. Singing. S.W.C. again, I came to no. 9 at 11 ― & made the [Porte], light fire, & empty slop.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]
- An alternative name for Ponte Milvio. [↩]