Milan 14 February, on Hérodiade à la Scala: "Yesterday's evening was hard!... And in spite of very beautiful moments, the falls, the whistles, the laughter did not cease "... He does not know if this failure will not harm his business with d'Ennery... Ghent Saturday [March 18]. "Last night was a dress rehearsal - the hall holds more than 3000 people. The orchestra and choirs form an ensemble of 400 performers; at least! ...] I heard Magdeleine last night - there are good things"... Paris 3 July. Detailed description of a property for sale in Croissy, with plan ... 6 July. " I work a lot and it's not going well... - What a pain! "... 10 July: "I have finished the 2nd deed (rue Vivienne) and I'm going to start the 3rd (cours la Reine). The poem pleases me extremely - on this side I have some happiness "... 4 August. He finished the painting of the party in the Cours la Reine and leaves the next morning for Brussels. "I am taking the painting of St. Sulpice with me because I plan to go to The Hague, all alone, to hide in the house inhabited by Father Prévost, WHERE he wrote Manon Lescaut... - I will compose in this retreat (now called Hôtel du Vieux Doelen) the whole scene between Manon & Des Grieux in the seminary "... The Hague 11 August. His concert was a great success and he works perfectly in a charming and quiet setting. Spicy anecdote about the "first French composer" in a "world 100 years late"... [13 August]. Drawing and description of a large antique clock from Rotterdam that he has just bought... [August 15]. Still enthusiasm for its acquisition; sadness at the silence of their daughter... Paris 5 September. "I'm going to get back to work and finish Manon"... 20 September. Programme of rehearsals in Brussels for a revival.