Colder & foggier. Rising at 7.30 ― wrote journal till nearly 10 ― H. not being up: which rather disturbed me. From 10.30 to 4.30 ― painted at the Jerusalem Sunset. Stephens being here mostly. Then buss to Seymour St. where was a letter from poor Mrs. G. Scrivens ― very sad ― & then back to Tor Villa. Wrote to C.F. that I could not come to dine. ― Woolner came to us ― but the conversation of H.H. ― when with younger men is often a bore to me. ― His statement of having been able to marry Miss J.L. seemed to me so absurd as to make me sad. W. went early. I penned out, & H. drew till 11.30. On the Times ― Gladstone is going out to Corfu!! ― as L.H.C. extraordinary ― which I should think must mean Sir J.Y.’s resignation. ―― Poor H.H. is harassed & agitated enough ― his last picture not sold, & his great work left aside ―: & in talking of A.M. he becomes greatly agitated. I do wish he could have gone abroad, & I am uneasy about him at times exceedingly. ― Finished penning out the last of the South Palestine drawings.

No sleep till very late.


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