Finer; ― gray ― & only a shower or two.

Dickenson came & took away the last of those Parnassuses incubi, Lord Clermont’s. ― Mr. Gush & his daughter came also. ― Later W. Nevill junior ― & then Henry Hetcher, who has travelled everywhere, & is (still) a really nice fellow. ― After Willie N. went, came F.L. ― It seems, Dicky B. is not going with him as Sec. J. ― Began to work at the “Dead Sea” ― & then came Major R. & Miss Yates ― & after that Philip Bouverie & his 2 little girls.

Did not go out: but at 7.45 ― cab to Kenneth Macaulays


Reg. Cholmondeley should have come.

This dinner was pleasant: ― & G.S. Venables extremely kindly & nice ― & far more softened than I could have expected. The anecdotical portion of the dinner was very funny: ― Spedding ever very beautiful=real. ―

Evening also pleasant. ―

V. Spedding & Thompson, & F.L. & I behind, walked on. Midnight. ― I came home allein, μόνος, solo, seul, alone. ― But it don’t vex me now as heretofore. ―

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