[poem "A Notion" after R. H. Stoddard attached] My pictures went to the Academy. Hall told me that Gifford had refused to send his pictures, because as I gathered the Council did not rescind the rule relative to pictures shown at the clubs. I think he is unwise. We sent him a note in reply to his telling him we found on inquiry that we had no power in the matter and that the hanging committee alone could select or reject pictures. I do not know what more we could do. Gifford is illogical. He claims the right to exhibit his pictures and yet does not avail himself of it. I shall be very sorry to have him become disaffected towards the Academy for there certainly is no reason why he should. He ought to know that we are working only for the best interests of the Academy and that he is one of the last men we would willingly offend. I went up to see Eastman Johnson last night. He thinks Giffords course unwise and unnecessary. His brother in law came in and we could not say much about it. Lucy went to Rondout today. She expects to leave for Arizona three weeks from today. She, Sara, Mrs. Sawyer, and Mrs. Davis lunched here.