August 23rd, 1883

“August 23rd,

All day long we sailed in sight of the coast of Spain and arrived at 4 P.M. at Malaga. The pilot came out and told us to go to anchor outside the harbor and wait till we received pratique. It was nearly 6 o’clock when the heath officers came off and after parading of crew and passengers we got pratique at last and went inside the harbor. We were introduced to Mr. McCulloch and Mr. Througton, gentlemen connected with the Anchor Line here and both of them received us very kindly, also a Mr. Sullivan, of the firm Campuzano Brothers. After tea we went ashore and found Mr. McCulloch at the landing place who took us for a walk through the town. The Spaniards dress very picturesque and we saw amongst the ladies a great many beauties. They have especially very fine eyes. In a very large coffee house we had some ices, after which we went to the circus, all the theatres being closed. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and I liked some of the Spanish ladies who performed very much. There were some English performers besides and amongst them two brothers who were great artists. We returned on board at midnight and went to bed.”

 (Sally here: Here’s a bit of history, Picasso was born in Malaga Spain less than two years earlier than when this diary was written.)

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