13th April 1943

Some cloud early, and a fog bank, rolling across the land in front of a light S.W. wind.  All gone by 10, and then a glorious sunny day.

Called on Hervey Benham this morning, and he gave me three copies of “The Monthly Review” for July, August, and September, 1769.  They are clean and in good condition, in the original paper covers, and were found in a cupboard in the High Street 'Essex County Standard' office, where they had probably been lying for 174 years.  What would we not give to be back in 1769 today?

Glorious summer evening.  Cycled back slowly.  Birds singing, men working in gardens.  Home Guard on parade at Ardleigh.  Country beginning to look lovely now.

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