A fine day for the opening for the Centennial Exposition. I have an invitation and a reserved seat on the platform but the occurrence of the Annual Meeting at the Academy prevented my going. The Academy meeting went off very smoothly. Mr. Huntington by a compromise by which we accepted Page as Vice President was unanimously elected President but Perry intrigued sufficiently to get himself on the Council greatly to my annoyance. The Council is myself, J. G. Brown, Wood (old members) and Perry, Coleman and Sontag. Three Academicians were elected May (living in Paris) Smillie and McGrath, all my candidates. Two associates were elected neither of whom I voted for. The dinner was given at a nice restaurant in Lafayette Place in the old residence of W. B. Astor and was very satisfactory. My only disappointment is in the Constitution of the Council for I look forward to next winter with dread.