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10 Charles Bray visits and enters into a heated argument on phrenology. 16 Writes to Charles Bray defending GHL's article on J. S. Buckingham in the Leader. 21 'The Morality of Wilhelm Meister' appears in the Leader. Reading Keightley' s Life of Milton prior to reviewing it for the Leader. 22 28 GHL ill with toothache. GE reads to him from Scott. 'The Future of German Philosophy' appears in the Leader. August 4 (Sat) Review of Keightley's Life of Milton (largely concerned with Milton's view of divorce) appears in the Leader.

14 Takes lodgings at 1 Sydney Place, Dover, while GHL continues to London. Resumes work on Spinoza's Ethics. 15 Reading Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis. 16 Reading Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona and Sonnets. 17 GE's article The Art of the Ancients' appears in the Leader. 20 Writes to Chapman to offer her sympathy over his serious lung disease. 25 Invited by Chapman to undertake the 'Belles Lettres' section of the Westminster. Celebrates with a walk over the hills. April GE' s article 'Memoirs of the Court of Austria' appears in the 44 A George Eliot Chronology Westminster.

2 (Thurs) Thanks Bessie Parkes for bringing a number of Barbara Smith's paintings. 5 Combe tells Chapman that GE had told him that her connection with the Westminster had terminated on 1 January. 9 Discusses points of typography for the Essence with Sara Hennell, also telling her, 'I like my independent life in lodgings better and better' (Letters, II, 145). 28 Declaration of Crimean War. 31 Begins to send manuscript of the Essence to printers. April 4 (Tues) Sees Rossini's William Tell with GHL.

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