Fine, “Spring,” light bright day.

Worked, from very early, ― at Beirût, all day: i.e. till 4.30. John Simeon, & C. Wynne came: ― both kindly & pleasant: ― John Simeon is certainly a real good honest man.

No one alse came, & I worked hard all day. ― Yes ― Dickenson came, ― with his bill ― 210£ ― discount ― i.e. ― 194: not more than I have expected from the great number of frames, cases &c. ― the moving from Rome, ― & the alterations indoors here. ―

At 4.30 walked to Frith’s: all out.

Then to Crake’s, where I passed a very pleasant evening ― & dined. Edwd ― was at home, but dined out. ― Cab home. Found Fergusson’s Jerusalem sent me from Bickers ― εὐχαριζοῦμεν τὸν Θεὸν!1

Nowhere have I seen any descent to death so wisely, gracefully, & pleasantly carried through as in dear good old Mr. Crake’s case. Every road to intellect clear: ― only gradually all the bodily power fading. ―――

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

  1. Praise the Lord (NB). []