Dry ― gray ― cold: dim ―

Ἃς μοῦ βοηθήσῃ ὁ Θεός!1

ˇ[came] Mansfield Parkyns, who staid till 3 ― from 11. Gibbs ― F.W. C.S. Fortescue.

Charles Dixon ― who used to be at Sass’s2 ― in 1834,5, & who has been in India ever since. !!

Later ― Lady Goldsmid, Mrs. & Miss Proctor.

Worked by fits at the Cedars.

At 5 ― went out; to Goulds ― who was singularly vulgar & odious ― & as he is always so more or less, that means something frightful. ― D. Wyatts ― out. Foord’s ― & back.

At 7.45 to Mrs. Mildmay’s, a house of wealth.

It is useless to write down all or part of what one feels: ― so I do not note how dear Ann’s death comes to me so vividly & drearily often & often.

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

  1. May God help me! (NB). []
  2. Sass’s School of Art, Bloomsbury, prepared its students for the entrance examination to the Royal Academy Schools. Lear did not camplete the course. []