Rather a bowel complaint before and once after breakfast. Breakfast at 11. Colonel Thackeray came about. Miss McL- & I went with him to Lady Elizabeth in Princes Street gardens. Then went to see the (doric) antique museum containing small insignificant new collection of antiques. The great main room of the building being for a picture exhibition room but now containing many a terrible copy of Raphael’s Transfiguration, admittance to see which 1/. each. The building with its doric peristyle handsome without. Disappointed within. Lady Elizabeth evidently tired. Colonel T- went home with her & Miss McL- & I returned home to wait for the Colonel. Got home before 2. Waited till after 3, then the day so thick (east wind again) useless to go out again so Colonel T- sat a while & then took his leave. At [this] Miss McL- & I went out shopping. Bought & addressed to be sent to the baby 20 months old (Miss Thackeray, 35 Melville Street, with Miss Lister’s “love”) a doll & arm-chair for her to sit in. Got home at 5¾. Dinner at 6. Tea at 9. Before & afterwards till 12¾ wrote out Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, yesterday & today. While waiting for Colonel T- talked sentiment. Before and just after dinner talked more arrant nonsense than ever and more lightly. Miss MacL- said it was nonsense indeed and I promised to amend. ‘Tis time, for I have astonished her enough, she thinks me very odd. Perhaps I have insinuated too strongly M-’s living with me, but after all Miss MacL-’s old maidishness bears it all very well. Fair & finish day but thick & east wind. While we were out shopping Mrs Campbell, 135 Grosvenor Street called on Miss McL- & myself (aunt to Miss Riddall). Miss Augusta McK- said yesterday she had called upon us at Redford but arrived just after we were gone.
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