Thursday, July 18, 1872- Gifford and Robt. Wilkinson came down from Hudson on Tuesday and we took the 2.55 train for Deans. Wednesday we fished in Dry Brook in front of his house but with no success. The weather was intensley hot and the fishing proving so poor we came home by the 2.40 train. Gifford went to N.Y. by the boat and Wilkinson to Pokeepsie. Here in Rondout it has been one of the hottest days of the season and certainly I never suffered more from the heat than I did while I was fishing. I received a letter from Silleck asking me to give him a note which I was obliged to decline telling him that I expected to be able to pay him in Sept. I also received a letter from Dorman the tenor of which shows me how exceedingly difficult it will be for me to satisfy him with a picture. He is so afraid he won't get the very best thing I ever painted or expect to paint. However I have been at work on his picture today and improved it. I want to paint a good picture and then if he does not take it it will not be my fault. Vaux sent me a check for $50 on account of his picture which was very obliging of him as he was not obliged to pay it now. It is very hot today and we have had frequent showers. My mother, Gertrude and Mary have gone to a tea party at Mrs Rooras. Sara is still confined to her bed but feels a little better. The little bird whose cage fell and hurt him the day I left is apparently getting well.