Sunday, Dec 21, 1873- The weather is bright and cold again. A skin of ice on the river and a flashing sunshine glimmering on the thin snow. Have written to Bayard Taylor. I read an extract in Saturdays Tribune, from one of the magazine on Chester Harding the American Artist. Whittredge told me something about him while we were out at Deans this fall. While Whittredge was working with his (Whittredges) brother who was a house and sign painter in Cincinatti Harding used to come there and have his colors ground and his canvases prepared for his southern tours, and Whittredge used to do it, by which he was brought into quite close relations with him. He says he was a man of great talent and painted fine heads and moreover he was kind and sympathetic and helpful to him. He gave me great respect for him. I had only heard of him and fancied him not much of an artist but more of a sportsman. Wrote to Gussie.