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August 6 (Tue) Judgement pronounced against Mrs Thwaytes' wiU, with which H's grandfather was scandalously involved (see 'The Hopkins Circle'). 8 Visits the Dugmores; goes walking and looks at hawks. 9 Walks to Alexandra Palace at Muswell HiU. There foUows a week of notes detailing a period of fine weather. 15 Writes to Urquhart, proposing to visit him in Devon; harangues him on the papal infalUbiUty; renews his promise to send a copy of 'Barnfloor and Winepress' (but is short of a Douay Bible in which to check some references), and says he is going to write a play.
G. nothing or Uttle in the verse way, but no doubt what wd. best serve the cause of my religion. But if I am a priest it will cause my mother . . great grief. ' Attends a concert (at which Newman may have played). Learns the expression 'lambs' tails' for catkins. H notes that this is Newman's birthday [after leaving Birmingham H wrote every year to congratulate Newman on his birthday]. Shrove Tuesday - astronomical observations. Ash Wednesday - more of the same. March 8 (Sun) H visits the convent of St Paul at Selly Oak.
21 Goes to see Aunt Kate. 25 Visits an exhibition of French and Flemish paintings at 120 PaU MaU. 26 Goes to see BaiUie. 27 Goes into retreat for ten days at Manresa House, Roehampton, south London. May 2 (Sat) 'This day, I think, I resolved [almost certainly, to destroy his poems and stop writing if he were to become a priest]. ' See also 20 June 1866. 11 'Slaughter of the innocents. ' [H burns only poems of which RB has copies and keeps back corrected versions of poems not yet sent to him; cf.