Fine all day ― cloudy at times… Mighty dark & gloomy.

Rose at 6 ― & got a good hour & a half before breakfast, of work ― Athos: on which, off & on, I worked all day: ― letter writing ― reading Levers “Dodds,”1 & B. Martineau calling interrupted me more or less.

Letters from
C. Fortescue ― to whom wrote.
R. Fowler*
B. Martineau
A. Empson
T. Wyatt
L. Francillon
Mrs. Howard
Lady Goldsmid.

Dined at 4 ―overboiled fowl & ate it all.

* Tells me that Alfred F. & his wife are here, so at 6.30 I went there & staid till 9. He is ill: & all were nearly killed between Cairo & Alexandria in the Railway: ― 2 carriages smashed ― & all of theirs but the centre compartment.

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

  1. Charles Lever, The Dodd Family Abroad. London: Chapman & Hall, 1854. []