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May Writes 'several articles' for the Leader (1, 382). 2 (Wed) Move to 7 Clarence Row, East Sheen. GE arranges to have correspondence forwarded in GHL's name. They at first attract few visitors. 7 Requests Charles Bray to lend his volumes of Scott for an article for Fraser's Magazine. ) 9 Completes article on Kingsley's Westward Ho! 12 Describes her article 'Three Months in Weimar' to Charles Bray. 19 Article on Westward Ho! appears in the Leader. June 'Three Months in Weimar' appears in Fraser's Magazine.
Continues to work on reviews of books by Meredith and Julia Kavanagh, 1856 5 12 18 28 47 and a translation of von Bohlen's Introduction to the Book of Genesis. Reviews of The Shaving of Shagpat (highly favourable) and of Julia Kavanagh's Rachel Gray appear in the Leader. 'Introduction to Genesis' appears in the Leader. Barbara Smith sends GE a petition in favour of rights for women. Records the sale of 1000 copies of GHL's Goethe. Gives qualified praise to the proposed legal reforms for women as helping to raise their position and character.
31 GE writes to Sara Hennell to attempt to clear up misunderstandings caused by the Lewes affair. Relations with Rosehill, however, never completely restored. November GHL continues work on his Life of Goethe, assisted by GE. 3 (Fri) Leave Weimar for Berlin, where they also encounter a large cross-section of the artistic intelligentsia. For GE's recollections, see 1, 349-64, 367-73. 8 Begins to translate Spinoza's Ethics. Read Wilhelm Meister and The Merchant of Venice to each other in the evenings.