Fine & clear all day ― but very cold.
Did not paint well ― the 2 Palermos. ― Disgusted διοτι ˇ[δεν] ειναι γραμματα.1 ― ―
Returned to dine, with Mr. Wilson: ― G.’s dinner was very good, al solito. ― After wh. we talked, & I worked, at a Netching in pen a nink. ― Mr. E.W. is an intellectual, & pleasant fellow. No letter from Ann, which grieves me.
All the P. Pia road was thronged with people & carriages, from 4 Fontana to P. Nomentana. ― & so, I hear it was on Thursday. ― The childish Romans “do” their Carnival thus ― disperati! Poor fools. ― There was a pasquinade 2 nights ago,
Il Carnivali si fa a Porta Pía
Chi va in Corso, e ladr’o spía.2
The restrictions as to the Carnival are certainly abundant.
Wilson staid till 12.50.