From then to three and a quarter copied my letter to Lady Stuart.
Then lay down and slumbered till eleven, wishing to then write to Lady Stuart if I could – then dawdled over my letter written last Monday till twelve.
Then half hour reading over letter written this day week to Lady S[tuart] and writing a little quite new to Lady S[tuart] de R[othesay].
A- poorly but in sorts peewee.
Then half hour writing part of rough draft of letter to Lady Stuart.
Wrote rough drafts fluently and to my mind of the letter to Lady Stuart.
[A- at Cliff Hill]
Till four and a quarter writing rough draft of long letter to Lady Stuart.
[With Vere] This, she owned, had something to do with her present illness. I laughed and said she ought to have taken me – my income to hers would have made a difference – we should have got on very well together. It was too late now, all her own fault but, thought I, it is better as it is – she would not have suited me. She, like Lady S[tuart], is out at the elbows. Let it be a lesson to me.
A- queer about money – this will not do – we shall never stick together. I will labour my accounts and set myself straight and prepare to do without her in case of need.
[With Lady Stuart and Vere Cameron] The former in a stew about Thrupp in Oxford Street – her coach maker, to whom it seems she owes seven hundred pounds carriage hire and accumulations. Thrupp wanted paying and Lord S[tuart] bound himself with his mother for her paying him by instalments of fifty six pounds odd per annum. The bill drawn by Mr Stuart (Charles, I suppose) came this morning, or rather, notice of its being due – the man could not wait, must have money. No draft would be taken. Lady S[tuart] did not understand it – we had Thrupp’s impertinence talked over, Lady S- has Lord Stuart’s chariot – will have nothing more to do with Thrupp in which I joined till I saw into the thing (saw the paper left by Thrupp’s banker’s clerk or messenger) and advised Lady S- merely to send the notice of the bill being due to her own banker and desire him to honour, that is, pay it. Lady S- glad I had happened to be there to tell her what to do – Vere said nothing – had I offered the money, it would have been taken, but of course I knew better. Lady S- fears my lord is laying out a great deal at Highcliff and wonders where it is to come from – how they are all running to ruin. Let it be a lesson to me.
[Vere] She said she was jealous [of A-]. It was joked but somehow she was, for her, very affectionate. I almost fancied she really liked me in some degree – as great as her small quality of warm feeling would permit.
Then wrote copy of a longish letter to Lady Stuart in about an hour and a quarter then wrote it out.
Writing copy of letter to Lady Stuart.