Slept well. Day fine. Cough bad. Breakfast at 8 with E. He is a very singular man indeed. Afterwards he signed the 100£ bill. Then I wrote. (Letters from Potter, Penrhyn & Bruce, all affirmative.) till Mr. & Mrs. Ferrier came, to whom I shewed drawings. They are both nice people ― she absolutely charming. It is plain that E. is a man whose temper has made him terribly feared ― & that [Jemmy] was never in the [worry]. Lunch. & later came the 2 pictures, which we got out, & they are now in the dining room.
Wrote 6 letters.
At 3½ I walked out solo, ― along the road thro’ three villages ― to, nearly, Spêke Hall ― & so returned: cold through, & dampish ― & got my throat bad, & am horribly fearful of an Asthma fit. ― Returned at 4½. And found Mr. E. there, who by detached degrees came to like the pictures enormously. ― At 6½, dinner. ― W. Sandbach, always thoroughly amiable & completely gentlemanlike. ― Mr. Dacker or Macker ― the parish clergyman, ― fat & like J. Gould ― a gentlemanly Mr. Brownell ― of Rio Janeiro & the Pampas, Ferrier, & the most delectable Mrs. Ferrier, than whom it is not often a sweeter little woman is seen. Kind & gentle Mrs. E. sate out the dinner. ――
The whole was very pleasant & friendly
The 2 [Mallys]
After dinner I “went thro’” all the Palestine folios, & then, Mrs. F. played absolutely divinely. ―
Ποι, I sang ― with gt. effect. ―
After all went, E. talked of poor L. Parker greatly. E. is a most singular man.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]