Has had interviews with Rawlinson, Sir Henry Ellis, and
matters attendant upon his recent employment take up some
part of his time. Wilkins at our place; all in council about
going to Paris. Letter writing, calling, hither and thither.
Boutcher won�t go, not being well enough. I & Charley will,
having arranged to meet Wilkins in Paris.
10. Sunday. A day at Allom�s. I & George Clarke
went there by river, meeting at 10 1/2. A lovely day. I out
with Allom, through Richmond Park and to the hill. Returning
to Barnes, found Boutcher and Dean. As the day drew on
others come, Harvey Smith and friend. / Will Waud had been
there on our arrival. ) Some dozen at the tea table. At 11 1/2
all left, on desperate hope to get a cab for returning. I, at
Alloms invite, stayed.
11. Monday. To London on omnibus top with Arthur
Allom, where we were presently joined by George Thomas the Ar-
tist. He some ten years ago had a year and half�s experience
of the United States, knows Strong &c, has a good position
on the Illustrated News, now. Spoke of his having an inter-
view with the Queen, sketching her portrait, and that of her-
children, he, Thomas being employed to do drawings for her.
He describes royalty as very domesticated, talking of boys jackets
&c and threatening little princes that Mr Thomas would leave
�em out of the picture, if they didn�t sit still, finally bribing �em
with chocolate. Arthur and he went off to the studio of
Thomas, I kept on. Home, where I found Price, up for
a period from the country. To Paternoster Row with him, and