A George Eliot Chronology by Timothy Hands (auth.)

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Tells Cara Bray that 'The thick of the work is just beginning' on the Westminster (I, 272). Attends meeting of Association for the Abolition of Taxes on Knowledge, hearing Cobden, 'in whom I was woefully disappointed' (I, 272). Lord Derby forms Ministry. Visits a Miss Lynn to discuss lodgings, but subsequently considers it undesirable to fix on a London residence immediately. March 1 (Mon) Death in Florence of Edward Lombe, underwriter of several articles for the Westminster 6 Tells Clementia Taylor, 'until the end of March I fear I shall be a prisoner from the necessity for constant work' (I, 273).

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. 12 Tells Charles Bray that she cannot think two humans could be happier than GHL and herself. 15 Combe wonders if there has been insanity in GE' s family, and tells Charles Bray that GE, GHL and Thornton Hunt have inflicted a great injury on the cause of religious freedom.

Was always too much of the interesting gentleman to please me. Men must not attempt to be interesting on any lower terms than a high poetical genius' (Letters, 1, 231). April 24 (Sat) Begins five-day visit to London with Charles Bray. 28 Attends performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah at the Exeter Hall. 29 Sees Bellini's I Puritani at Her Majesty's Theatre. May 10 (Mon) Gives Mary Sibree an account of her London trip. June 17 (Thurs) Sara Hennell begins a two-day visit to GE, remarking 20 A George Eliot Chronology that GE 'grows better and wiser every time I see her' (Letters, I, 235).

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