It has rained hard all day and the streets are rivers. Have staid within doors with a headache but have managed to not have a severe one. Vaux came in and spent an hour and while he was here Mary and Sara came to look at my pictures. The Secretary of the Chicago Academy called. A few men in Chicago have raised five thousand dollars with which to buy pictures of the New York Artists if they can get them at low prices so as to sell them at a profit the proceeds to go to the Academy. I offered him my Hudson River for $125 without frame but he seemed to have no power to buy and wanted me to send it to Chicago subject to their decision which I declined to do. He came without any credentials but had plenty of western business capacity I should judge. Wrote to Gertrude, a note to Girard and one to Bayard Taylor, who Mary told me was in town on Monday.