[Paris—Wednesday, 26 October 1859]
Wednesday 26th Saw Mrs Greene and her lovely children again today. Mr Cranch was there. What a pleasant duty it is for those women who are able to do it to dress themselves gracefully and carefully! It was a lovely picture to see the gay children and the beautiful mother with her light flowing curls contrasting with the dark velvet of her dress, both entertaining the guests with almost equal simplicity of manner. We talked a little about the emperor. She said he had a face so wicked as to disqualify him for making an engagement as a foot-man.