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Hotel de France, Palermo, Sicilia :- He and Bessie have been in Palermo for two pleasant days; the weather is 'quite good so far', and the Waterfields are here, having taken 'a villa on the outskirts of the town'. They went for a picnic in the country together yesterday. He and Bessie like him [Aubrey] 'very much, and are glad to get to know him better'. He and Lina seem very happy together. Aubrey's painting seems interesting, though they have not seen much of it yet. Bessie is well, and they are about to go to Monreale for lunch, which she has not seen before; they saw the Capella Palatina yesterday.
It is 'very kind' of Caroline to have 'persuaded B[essie] to join the Grosvenor Crescent Club, and paid for it all'; is sure she will find it 'very useful'. Mr [Henry John?] Roby was staying at Ravello with some friends when they left; they liked him and 'the old lady, Miss Williams, who was with him'. Calls Roby 'quite a humorist in his way'.
Robert's play [Cecilia Gonzaga] should be out soon; was unable to choose 'quite the binding' he wanted, but expects it will 'do well enough'. Is glad to hear G[eorge] 'has got sufficient subscriptions to start his review [see 10/4]; asks if she knows exactly how much he has collected, and whether he would like more if possible. Bessie sends her love, and will write soon; Robert hopes it will be 'a longer and better letter' than this as they have to start now. Hopes his parents are both well.