A Hopkins Chronology by John McDermott (auth.)

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Notes defeat of Austria by Prussia. 6 Extensive nature notes. Returns to Hampstead. 7 Nature notes. Walks by a new route to Finchley. 8 + 9 Visits exhibition of French and Belgian painters, then goes on to Westminster Abbey. 10 Writes to Macfarlane, with whom and Garrett he is planning to go on holiday to Horsham, at Pater's suggestion. ) This uncoUected letter (in Phillips, p. 33) uncovers an earlier plan to go to Lavington rather than Horsham. H will, however, go there by himself en route [probably to see St Mary Magdalene, Manning's church there] and twits Macfarlane with being led to the notedly High Church Horsham by 'a rag of popery'.

II To Notre Dame, St Roch and the Louvre. 12 In afternoon to the Exposition, and dinner at the Russian restaurant with Admiral Count Evfimy Poutiatine. 13 At the Exposition. 14 To St Eustache for High Mass, then through Bois de Boulogne (where H comments on the thinness of French foliage compared with EngUsh) to St Cloud. Return to Paris by river. Evening at the Madeleine. 15 To the Exposition especially to see the Belgian pictures. 16 To the Exposition early, among other things for the Bavarian pictures.

On Sunday 6 September he sends Baillie a long letter that is mainly about criticism ('among Shakespere's critics have been seen instances of genius A perfect critic is very rare, I know; Ruskin often goes a s t r a y . . how exasperated I have felt with Dr. Johnson . . ' . After leaving Shanklin (11 September) he spends two or three weeks in London and by now is keeping a diary which will continue until January 1866. Back at Balliol in October he hangs in his new rooms, in Garden Quad, pictures of writers and painters (Tennyson, Shelley, Keats, Shakespeare, Milton, Dante, Raphael and Diirer) but cannot afford to have them framed, despite a gift of money from his grandfather; either he cannot afford, or he forgets, to send his sister Milicent a present for her birthday (17 October, the day of his return to Oxford), which occasions the poem 'A Com- 1864 7 plaint'.

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