Wet all day. … T. Woolner came to breakfast ˇ[― very pleasant all,] & staid till 1. ― Rain ―. Called on Mr. Fergusson ― a very marvellous man. Then on Cockerells ― at dinner ― & did not go in. Mrs. Martineau. F.W. Gibbs ― & walked with him to Prince’s Gate. S. Guerneys ― & their house. ― Dr. Lushington ― Fairbairn, & Evans ― left cards. ― home by 7.
At 7¾ to Carlton Gardens: ― Mr. H. as young & well as if he were 40 ἀντὶ1 76. Lady W. well ― but it appeared to me ― I had written an over long letter. Anyhow she was “fine” ― & I became glum. Genl. & Mrs. Malcolm. H.J. Genfell ― Bidwell ˇ[C. Braham] ― & a younger Peel: besides the 2 Miss Moneys. I sate between Peel & Bidwell, & was bored to death. The upper part of the table’s converse was utter frivolity. ―
In the evening Miladi talked wholly to Bidwell & Grenfell. I ― to Mrs. Malcolm.
The conventional tone of these castes extremely disgusts me. C. Braham is evidently ill & cross: ― & the whole thing seems to me crooked. ―
Επερηπατησα ‘ς τῆν οἱκεῖον ‘ς τὰς δέκα ὣρας.2
[Transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University, MS Eng. 797.3.]