Dull & [soppy]=gray at Torquay: ― but brighter as Devonshire was farther away. At 10 Bus to Rail ― Ticket to Exeter. (Torquay I only should care to revisit to see from afar ― never to live in.)

At Exeter, took ticket to Bath ― & was mostly alone to Bristol, where I took out my Cloak-room luggage, & got to Bath by 5. Bath looked so cheerful & “polite” & beautiful in the bright sun.

To 24. Royal Crescent ― passing Gay St. & Upr. Church Street ― days of poor good Mrs. Warner ― good perhaps not. At least, dearest Ann, tho’ she never spoke ill of her did not, I think, like her: ― & she liked or loved all that was at all good. ――― Saw dear old Mrs. Empson: but having left my clothes=box in the Bath Cloak-room ― I had to return for it. ― When I came back, Arthur Empson had arrived. Arthur is as kindly & good as ever.

Dinner & evening very quiet & pleasant. Alack! The “Essays & Reviews.” ―― !1

Bed at 11.

Letters from,
Lady Ashburton,
Sir C. Eardley.
T. Fairbairn.
S.W. Clowes.
Mrs. Malcolm &
E. Tennyson.

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

  1. See 17 February 1861. []