[Paris—Sunday, 25 December 1859]
Sunday 25th Christmas. Such a pleasant day as we had. Early, we had little surprises for each other later. Lissie and Jamie went to the Chapel of the “Tuileries” and in the P.M. we drove to the pretty “Bois”. Mr Huntingdon [sic] dined with us. He stayed talking until 11 o’clock full of subjects wh. he inspired for us with a peculiar interest. Such a résumé as he gave in a few words of “Victor Hugo’s” new book such pleasant descriptions of his friends, making you feel them either your friends or that you wished they were so, would be impossible to write down even though the hours could be sufficient.