Villa Petraija ― 5


Windier & cloudier, & heavy sea.

Roe by 6.30. I do not sleep well. ― Painted till breakfast. Letter from EllenF.’s son has gone into the southern army. Wrote to Ellen & Sarah: & worked, ― barring newspaper reading ― till 4.

Dinner ― 2 small fishes.

Worked again till dusk ― then walked out till 9. It is better to go slapdash at this horrid phase of life & get through it.

I am by no means well.

Slept very little.

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