Perfection=weather ― al solito. ― & the band=music, the whistle of the Man of War, ― the plash fo the harbor sea are not unpleasant.

Wrote a good deal [Mrs. G. Scrivens, Mrs. Husey Hunt, Mr. Edwards.]1 ― & put various outlines in canvass ― & later, a table having come from Χριζὸς, arranged oil paints &c. &c.

Did not go out at all ― as I remember I did not in the Casa Chiessari. But prepared to dine, when at 6½ came in Oswald Middleton, who is ordered off to Caphalonia on Saturday ― wh. I am very sorry for. I ask him to dine tomorrow.

Dine: oh! what a noise overhead!

& write.

Terrible row upstairs: If ― as in 1855 ― I had not forced myself so ― I would find my heart to go away.

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

  1. In the page for 1 December, circled and connected to this point by a line. []