Damascus & Beirut began.

Rain!! miracolo! But it cleared later.

Worked hard from 9 to 4½: first, putting an outline of Damascus on canvass ― (having to scrape out one of Beirut[)]:― & 2ndly making another outline of Beyrout. Then worked at Acanthus leaves on the ˇ[2] Palermo pictures.
At 4½ one Mr. Edward Wilson of Melbourne brought me a letter from T. Woolner,1 ― so I walked round the Borghese with him & asked him to dine tomorrow. Woolners letter is very nice.

Dined alone. ― Placed the Beirut outline on Canvass. No letters ― which abhors me.

Wrote to Woolner.

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

  1. Woolner would sculpt Wilson’s bust in 1868, see State Library of Victoria. []