I woke at 4 ― as the anchor was thrown down opposite Paramythide’s house ― in Corfû harbour. The steam ― or pumps ― “chi so?”1 ― seemed to say,
Dŏ nŏt fŏrgēt
Dŏ nŏt fŏrgēt
Dŏ nŏt fŏrgēt ― interminably, ― & I could but (Whittington like) seal the [fang], as to dearest Ann, ˇ[& the recollection of her care of me,] & to the necessity & good of remembering that there is a superior power who guides & rules all, & to whom gratitude is ever due ― be that guiding apparently painful or not. And that what we feel to be wrong in us ― tho’ we know it to have been []2 there by circumstance, yet have we to remedy as far as we can. ― ―― At 6.30 ― or 7 ― ashore, Giorgio, & also Spiro came to meet me, ― & went (after seeing another Hôtel,) to Royal Hotel, where I got 2 rooms: wash & breakfast. Taylor’s poi ― where was Boyd ― with whom walked. Search for Houses, with G.K. ― none. Later, heard that a family were going from Casa Paramythidi ― & went to see the rooms, finding Filippo ― (J.B.E.’s servant there.) ― & suppose it better to take them. Saw “Kirkwall” ― Graf Henkel called as I came back: then Woollf the successor to Bowen. ― The weather clouds: ― & I, having lunched, now prepare to go out.

Sent G. with a note to Mr. Bolland’s ― offering to take the rooms till January: & walked out with Graf Henkel φον Donnersmarck

(Turn to page November 7.)3

From page November 19.

To Καστράδες, ― & up towards Ascension. We stopped at the old Villa Cortazzi ― & walked into the Gardens. Gray & cloudy as the day was, yet the loveliness of that place was wondrous. ― then to Ἀνάλεψις, ― the old olives! & the village ― & the top of the hill! Graf George Henkel is a delightful & intelligent companion. As we came down, we met the old Priest, who stopped & talked. So we returned at 5.

Dined: a young Middy, & (I suppose) a surgeon: after 2 other Marine officers: επειτα, [].

Much amusement out of all, only one can’t write it down ― & if I could, isn’t there a Piano going close by me? But the essence of this Corfu society is the knowledge that it4 is constantly changing, ― that knowledge preventing any of its constituent parts doing otherwise than amusing itself without any reference to the rest.

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

  1. Who knows? []
  2. Blotted. []
  3. The entry continues on the page mentioned. []
  4. Continues on the next page, for 8 November. []