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James Fitzjames Fraser West
The diary of a Victorian Surgeon
Sunday 1st April 1883 
1st-Apr-2008 10:00 pm
Writing at desk
After a delightful warm bath, went to the English church (Trinity) service. Cold and sermon poor. Called at PO but no letters. Ate lunch at our Hotel Minerva. Father Mackey joined us and he kindly acted as our cicerone during the day. We visited the Forum and the palace of the Caesars and by his knowledge we got a much better idea of the various wealths than when going with an ordinary guide. When almost at the summit of Caesar's palace whence is a fine view of Rome and the Campagna a gentleman from below said, 'I think you are Dr West of B'ham'. It turned out to be Dr Sleete [?] who was formerly sub editor of the Lancet and he asked me to call on him at 504 Corso wh. I did in the evening and had a pleasant chat about medical matters in Rome. Padre Mackey took us to see St. Agnes, a church of the Basilica type, wh. you enter by going down 20 or 30 steps and from which you enter the catacombs. The bodies are there in situ and the place but little altered in 1,500 years. On our way back to the hotel we visited church of St. Maria Maggiore wh. is also fine and has a fine chapel of all kinds of marble to the memory of the Borghese family. Wrote to Fred Robinson and Cons.

1st-Apr-2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
It's a small world!
2nd-Apr-2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Yes, there was obviously quite a little jet-set already established in the 1880s. This isn't the first time he's bumped into a friend while in Rome.
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