Went up to Mary's Saturday. It was very cold but I had a very pleasant visit. Took a walk Sunday with Calvert and Downing on the Palisades. They have a large Franklin and we sat by the wood fire and had a good time. I was delighted to see how thoroughly they enjoy living there. The mercury was down to zero last night. Calvert and I came to town this morning. The weather has moderated since. Went out this afternoon and bought some Christmas presents a beautiful table cover for Gertrude at Cottiers and something for Julia & Bowyer. Attended the Council this evening. A full board but little business. Suggested as a means of raising money for the Academy that we invite Taine over here to lecture for us. Was appointed a committee to get information on the subject. Eastman Johnson came down after the meeting and spent an hour with us. We all went out into the gallery and looked at the collection which the Academicians have given and which is to be sold by auction tomorrow night to help us pay off the mortgage. There were a good many people there and the pictures looked well. I think they will bring $7,000. Wilson came to see me. He wants me now to paint the picture larger 32x39 and we have agreed on the price $1350. He took the two studies to show his wife. I didn't quite like to let him do it but could not well refuse.