Extremely warm ― as all these later days. But not bright, except a gleam of sun at 2 or 3 P.M. Letter from F.L. ― ὁ ἵδιος ― κάι ὁ ἵδιος ἁγαπητὸς.1 ― Wrote to him. Drew. ― Poor dear Ann came, she is pretty well ― yet less strong. Letters of Mary & R. Boswell ― painful enough. Foord’s people came, & took away 4 unfinished pictures & a canvass: ― but, in placing the Nuneham pictures in frames, some wood dust marred all the painting until it be dry. So it could not be fixed in ― & I was as cross as 500000 bears.

At 1 ― Lunch with Ann: ― & drew again after ― but I was very cross. She, poor dear, went at 3.30. ― I then out, & called on the Crakes. Mr. C. very very feeble ― kind old man! ― Mrs. C. M.A.C. & Mrs. H.C. ――― Then across the park, on to Mr. Hays by 5. People there ― so I did not go in. Then to Col. Hornby ― he was in: ― & Windham came in: the latter robust: the former feeble. Gave my sentiments about the Lord Derbyisms ― or my lady Derby’s. ― Home by 6.15. Dressed, & to Ferriers ― where was only James Edwards. Mrs. F. is doubtless one of the most well-bred, charming, intelligent, & pretty women I have seen ― apart from her relationship to James. I was not as agreable as I should have been, but I was “maddled” ― & cross. ― I came out very forcibly at times, in talent of various sots. ―

Col. Hornby told ὅτι ἡ Κωμιτίσσα Δέρμπι εἴπε μίαν φορὰν — πρὴν νὰ ἥναι Κωμιτίσσα – “ἐὰν ποτέ εἷμαι Κωμιτίσσα, κανείς τῆς Φαμίλιας Ὅρνμπι θὰ εἰσέλθη διὰ τᾶς θύρας τοῦ Νῶσλη.”2

And she has kept her word. No Hornby was at Knowsley at Lady S.’s wedding.


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

  1. The same ― and the same dear (NB). []
  2. That Countess Derby said once ― before she became Countess ― “if I ever become Countess, none of the Hornby family will ever set foot inside the doors of Knowsley” (NB). []