[Thursday, 12 January.]

<…> wonder if I shall have a pleasant—a happy visit. Better not to hope it—

H & A rode home with Eliza, & heard Mrs. Cliffe discursive about Annie—in her praise, & in the dispraise of her calumniators, Candlers[1] & Walls. How long ago was it, that I was discursive on the same subject, against Mrs. Cliffe? Never mind!—I like Mrs. Cliffe the better, much the better, for what I have heard today!— How it is raining? Suppose I shd. not be able to go tomorrow!— Then I must stay.

I sent a note today, to ask little Curzon[2] to come here tomorrow, & dine, & sleep. The boys are in a phrenzy with me for it; & Sette came up to ask me if the report were really true. Poor little fellows! I am sorry I have asked him for tomorrow, as it is Sam’s birthday[3] & their holiday: but what can a body do more than make an apology?—

Arabel wishes to go with me to Malvern. I wish she may be able; but there is sure to be a “factious opposition.”

She is to go!— Hurrah!—

1. This family has not been identified.

2. Mr. Curzon’s nine-year-old only child, Henry George Roper-Curzon (1822–92), who became 17th Baron Teynham on his father’s death in 1889.

3. His 20th.

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