Went down town as usual to see about the probabilities of Lucys getting off. No encouragement. Telegraphed her not to come. Worked on my picture. Called on Avery. Asked me if I had an Autumn picture as a person wanted one. Looked at his pictures and came away to find here a card to a private view of a sale of his. He didnt say a word about it so reticent is he. Bayard Taylor spent an hour with me. We had a serious talk about the S's. Agreed that they are in a bad way but dont know what can be done. Dined at Whittredges with Gifford. They move in a day or two. Delighted that Whittredge has sold his picture in the Academy after raising his price. It makes him feel like a different man. Spent the afternoon writing official notices to members of a change in the constitution of the Artists Mutual Aid Society.