Not well. Weather the same: colder, not so damp.
Worked at Potter’s Palermo
Letter from C. Church ― rather sad. ― Wrote to him, & to Brandling, asking him to make a drawing of the Bassæ.
Went to Macbean’s, & drew 50 scudi.
Worked till 4, then walked with P. Williams.
Gibson was about 27 when he came to Rome in 1817 ― & must be 70 now.
The Carnival is a miserable failure this year of course.
On which he went on to say ― “Non avete mai Saputo che sono maritato? ― Sono maritato 9 anni: ed ho 3 figli uno maschio ― 8 anni, ― una femmina ― 6 anni, ed uno piccolo 3 anni.”2 ――
There is no doubt that these people are unfathomable: one of these children was born in 1857, since G. was with me, yet not a word even to such a master as I have been to him. Distrust & secrecy is the element in chief of the composition.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]