Rose at 6½ & “penned out.” Particularly lively morning. C.I. ― I, & Geoffrey only at breakfast. Gave the curiositées afterwards. ― Then a walk with Christina, & much talk. It seems she would wish to take Mary wholly ― but Mr. I. will not have it. ― Altogether it is plain she wishes to be here. ― At 10.20 we all walked to the new S. Kensington Church, very good & well built & served: only the sermon was disgusting ― & 45 minutes long: “scowling infidel” & all kinds of claptrap  ― & the last chapters of the Gospels diluted ad nauseam. ― Walk Home. Mr. Dearlove the διδάσκαλος come to dine. Dinner: rather amusing and peaceable. ― Afterwards, a walk. Then again C.I. & myself talked, we came by dint of lamenting our things as they are, to speak of his remarriage as to be desired. Says I, plumply, “You are the one I most wish him to marry.” “That cannot be,” says she “for even if  he had thought of such a thing, my having no control over money puts it out of the question.” but, from other words it is plain she wishes & hopes it. ― Nor could he find a better chance of regaining some happiness: ― tho’, as by talking with her later I found, ― it is very difficult to believe he will make of his own mind, unless by some accident. The boys please me much. ― Mr. Dearlove went. ― Then there was psalms, & tea, & prayers, & bed. ― Wow! but I am very tired & sleepy!

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