Very fine. Rose at 5 or 6, & walked about, ― to the Railway &c. &c. dawdling ― till 9. 24 years ago ― in 1837 ― I was doing much the same. At 10.40 off to rail in omnibus, full of English. The clatter & bother of Swiss Inns & travel is most odious to me. ― At St. Maurice, they obliged me to go on to the lakes, where I had to wait from 12 till 2 ― for a steamer[,] gt. disgust. Steamer touched at Villeneuve, [Chantreux],1 Clarens & Vevey at 4. Hotel 3 crowns, full all but a bad room. Table d’hote at 5 ― an operation wh. makes me ill for days. Music, & very beautiful Gardens. (V. Emmanuel’s 2 sons.) But the whole thing is a Crowd, & drawing impossible. Made an outline near the water, but came back utterly disgusted & angry.

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

  1. There is no Chantreux between Villeneuve and Clarens, perhaps Lear means Montreux, or Chailly-Montreux. []