Last evening I took a walk around by the Alms House. There was a beautiful sunset and twilight. The snow is glazed and reflects the sky which was full at sunset of blue grey clouds in front of rosy ones and the landscape was rich in subdued purplish tones. Received a day or two ago a letter from Will H. McEntee from Imlay City Mich, enclosing a pencil drawing from one of my photographs and asking my advice about going into a lithographic establishment. The tone of the letter was not a little conceited and today I have answered it very plainly but kindly. Wrote to Eastman Johnson from whom I got a brief note a day or two ago, to Mrs. Winter and to Gussie. Have nearly finished my picture of the burning of the Christmas Greens. I think I can improve it still. Wrote to Major Wilkinson.