[London—Wednesday, 13 July 1859]
Wednesday July 13th Mr Field Talfourd breakfasted with us and brought two photographs of his pictures of Mr & Mrs Browning. They seemed to me wonderful. It pleased the artist to think I liked them and he gave them to us. Jamie gave him a letter to Mc’Clure hoping he may like to carry them to America. Wrote letters, bought my hat, looked at new lodgings, all in spite of the heat—packed and started at 5 oclock for the Isle of Wight. Arrived at Southampton at ½ past 7 crossed in the Pearl to Cowes—the golden Sun gently wishing us good-night on the one side while the round pale moon rose to welcome us on the other. Passed a miserable night at the Fountain at Cowes.