A bad beginning for August ― truly.

Could not settle to work, but applied to a rummage, ― as the rooms must be cleaned.

Pulled out all things. Found Wood & Dawkins’,1 (lost,) but no clothes. ―

At 2 called on the Fosters ― but they were away. At 4 in pouring rain came to Gt. Western. Henry H. Bruce there. ― & G. Vernon. ― At Culham were C. Braham, & his pretty child.


Sang afterwards ― but am not over merry. ― διοτι η δελεν ειναι ειχαροζημενος;2

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

  1. Robert Wood and James Dawkins were the authors of The ruins of Palmyra; otherwise Tedmor in the desart (1753) and The ruins of Balbec, otherwise Heliopolis in Coelosyria (1757). []
  2. Lear might have meant “because the party is thankless.” []