Got to work pretty early, & worked at the Bethlehem more or less till 4, or 3.30. ― Lo! ― James Uwins!
At 4 I went out ― & called on Mrs. Shakespeare ― Mrs. S. & Ida were there: ― there is something acidangular in the household. Sir John & Lady Young are off to Australia. ( Sir W.D. was to leave on the 22nd for Madras, poor Lady D. to go to England direct!!! ―)
Then, call on Crakes ― did not go in.
Then, Col. Hornby, who goes to Littlegreen tomorrow: ― I was glad I saw him. ―
Poi ― “St. James’s Hall” ― & dined, dinner, fluids, & waiter, for 6/6. Wrote to Ann, & E. Drummond.
Col. H.’s account of Lady Derby is not good.
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]
- I like him ― because he talks like nothing (NB, who notes that Giorgio might have meant “because he talks nonsense” or “he doesn’t talk at all”). [↩]