Maurice and I went up to Jacobs Valley to try to get some minnows for bait to go pickerel fishing and failing there we went to a stream in the swamp near Eddyville but without success. After we came home Gertrude and I took a sleigh ride around by Wilbur, Greenkill & Kingston. Today I have prepared boxes for packing my pictures and materials preparatory to going to New York on Monday. Received a nice letter from Eastman Johnson. Mr. Clark the pastor of the Presbyterian Church called and I was introduced to him. The weather is most delightful and the winter twilights as beautiful as anything can be. I have painted a little one and shall begin another tomorrow.