Rose late. A very nice note from poor Helen K. asking me to dine tomorrow to meet “days of V. Taverna party” ―― wh. I could not resist, & wrote “yes” to.

Wrote to Mrs. G. Scrivens, & Mrs. Empson.

Did not go out till 4½ ― & then walked round Borghese with Cheales & Captain (Trehorm? ― or Jamieson?)

Day very bright & fine.

Dined at the Story’s ― a bore: rooms horribly cold: ― a pretty Miss Greenough there ― & Browning ― & other people afterwards.

The account of Pio IX’s rage & his speech this morning at the American College was wondrous. ―

O dear Emily T.! & various people! ―

Now I live a living death here!

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