Monday, Dec 27, 1875. Thursday evening met the Centennial state board, a part of the advisory committee and a part of the Committee of Selection at the Centennial for consultation. The utmost harmony prevailed and there is every reason to believe that the Art interests will receive all attention. The state board is through with nearly everything else and will have time to attend fully to this department and besides they will appropriate money to collect and forward the pictures. Downing and Fred Norton dined with me on Wednesday. Friday morning I went home to spend Christmas. We had all of Uncle Charles people over in the evening and Saturday Fred and Annie dined with us. We all gave and received inexpensive presents. It snowed Friday night and the effects next day were beautiful. I took a walk. It rained Saturday night. Came home this morning having had a delightful visit up home. I believe I enjoy home more in the winter than at any other time. Found my stretchers here. Went to Goupils and got canvases, stretched and colored them and besides made a sketch of an effect of snow I saw on Friday. Spent the evening with Eastman and talked the woes of the Academy. Received a nice long letter from Booth from Philadelphia.