If possible, clearer & lovelier all day, than ever before. It certainly is a wonderfully beautiful place.

Rose at 6. At 7½ went to Bollands ― & fixed to take those Line Wall rooms, the expense of the Kastrades house is less ― but it would involve keeping another servant ― as being so far off. ―

Various calls ― Longhmans, Count Henckel, Paramythide, ― & Lady Buller, who looks very ill I think. ― After 2 ― I walked to Mandruchio, ― & back by Casa Landoni, crossing over to the S. Decca Road. The glory of colour! ― the grass-goats, & everything else!

At 6.30 ― dined at the kindly Boyds ―― only Col. BruceH.A. Bruce’s brother there. Col. B. is absurdly like H.J.B. in voice & look ― but not the same otherwise.

Dinner nice & pleasant; after, singing. ―

Charley Boyd: ― a nice clear little chap, ― & much improved.

Talk with Fielding Boyd & Mrs. B. ―

Gorilla to wit. ―


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