Thursday, Dec 4, 1873- Began a picture 16x26, a late Autumn nearly the same as the 12x20 picture I painted last week. I want to be ready for whoever may want a picture for $500. It rained in the night and during the day and the snow has disappeared as if by magic. I took a walk back of O'Riellys and around the cemetery. The fields are nearly bare and there was a plenty of mud. Received a letter from Gussie.