Wednesday, Dec 10, 1873- There was a favorable notice of the pictures at the Century last Saturday night in yesterdays Tribune among them my two the "Winter Saturday Afternoon" but particularly the "Entrance to the Highlands". Church had his new picture there and Benson came out with a picture which was the sensation of the evening for its excellence for which I am very glad as he has never had any success. I painted on a little picture with skaters this forenoon and spent the afternoon walking as I did not feel very well. The weather was very mild, the snow nearly all gone and plenty of mud in its place. I went clear around the "Roatina" over the bluffs and came back across the fields. To my great regret I came upon the new foundation for a house on the hill back of the Alms house where I heard the sound of a drill a week or so ago. All the quiet places are going fast. Vaux sent me a check for $190 the balance of which he owed me on a picture and told me something about the Centennial which is confidential. I also had a letter from Mary telling me of the death of Alfred Vaux, Calverts brother whom we met in England. He died in India and left a wife and four children I am afraid unprovided for. The Cuban difficulty according to the Tribune is at least settled and no more trouble is apprehended.