April Friday 5 Lovely purple morning. calm slight frost. Going to city. Saw Keith who is happy painting portraits at $750 apiece. Had a short talk with Mr. Upham on R.R. affairs. He thinks the road will come by Martinez. Talked on the way home with a man who lives in Oakland who seems to be desperately fearful of letting out his business.
Saturday 6 A fine bright day & very dry. N [North] wind. Busy planting climbing roses & geraniums along the Rodgers fence & house. Also filled in old cellar & plowed over it & the old hen yard. Will plant it to vines Monday. A grateful improvement.
Sunday 7 A curious wispy silvery cloudiness this morning over all the sky seemed like a painting, the brushmarks visible. Warm this evening. Visited little Ruthie & called on Mr. Forbes & Bruse [Breese] from Partage.
Monday 8 Fine dry sunny day spent in reading but alas! Not a sentence of composition & so I feel at fault.
Tuesday 9 Another charming day of sunshine. Only here & there a wisp of cloud in the heavens as if for ornament only. Busy reading, this I can do always from morn till night & never weary, but composition the devil seems to keep me from it, though I feel that my day of life is fast speeding away & that I must tell my story to the world. Had a pleasant visit from my brother Scot from Scotland direct. Mr. Rennie with a letter from my good friend David Douglas. Naebody [nobody] like a Scotchman.
Original journal dimensions: 20 x 27 cm.
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