Sent letter to F.L.

Absolutely, rain again! ― & the sky looking as if it were to rain for a year.

After breakfast ― & putting an outline of Stansfeld’s 2nd Campagna on canvass, I called on Newton & on Cheales. Then worked as well as a dark day would allow ― till 3. ― Letters from F.L., Miss Rogers of “Cáïfa,[”] ― Drummond’s Bank, & Edgar Drummond. ― Wrote to F.L. It seems that Alfred Tennyson may yet come. ― At 3 called on & sat with P. Williams: ― he does not know how much Mrs. Huskisson1 left for the picture. How fond that old Lady was of the “name” &c. &c.: leaving all to young Tilghmann ― & nothing to his sisters.2 ―― Then I went to Macbeans. ― Then to Newton’s ― (out). Then to Arthur Glennie’s, who came in from Licenza on Monday night, & is going off to Fiùme tomorrow ― owing to the death there of his brother in law.

He is much altered since I saw him ― 6 or 7 years ago ― but looking well. He told me he was born on Feby. 5, 1803 ― & was consequently 57 last Sunday.

After that I walked alone, reflecting, ― in the Borghese ― & ἔπειδα, dined alone. ― Penning out , Suk Waky Barada, & Damascus. ―

Invitation from the Caldwells for ― declined. ― Eyes ache.

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

  1. See Wikipedia under William Huskisson, she died in April 1856. []
  2. This does not appear to be true, according to The English Reports, vol. 53, Rolls Court, VI, Edinburgh and London, William Green & Sons and Stevens & Sons, 1905, “Lefevre v. Freeland” (p. 413-6) the main beneficiary of Mrs. Huskisson’s will was her niece, Caroline Eliza Tilghman. []