Mrs. Bright
Lady [D ]
Miss B. ―

What perfectly lovely weather, always now: ― so that I dare not look out of windows. ― Rose somewhat earlier, &, barring Gk. Lesson, ― worked at H. Hunt’s Jerusalem pretty constantly all day. But that is wearing work, & once I was too thankful to get to sleep at it. About 3, when those 3 Ladies came, was another halt. But on the whole it is sad & toilsome work. ― At 4½, called on the 2 [sisters] B. Mathews, & had hoped to do so on Mr. Hay, & Miss Cushman, but gradually I wore out the chances of visits, & wandered on semisadly in the last gold of sunset. Returned to dine alone. ― A futile sort of task ― yet there’s less blank misery than in earlier years, ― & a knowledge of what is better exists: ―harder for me if I follow it not.

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