Gifford came last Monday evening by appointment and Tuesday morning he and I went out to Shandaken where we had engaged a team from Lament to take us over to Sattiders at the head of the Neversink. The road was very rough but the day cool and cloudy with one or two showers and we arrived there very comfortably about 6 o'clock. There were two fishermen there already from Kingston but we managed to get comfortable rooms. Fished next day without much success and came home Friday having had a very pleasant time without catching many fish. I bought a basket full to bring home and sent some by Gifford to Major Wilkinson who was to have been one of our party. Joe Tomkins and I went to N.Y. by the Powell and returned yesterday. Bishop Putnam came up to pass Sunday. We had a man at work last week fitting the carpets and tomorrow I expect to go to work painting the Dining Room. Wrote a long letter to Knoedler on art matters which I had previously submitted to Eastman Johnson who approved and who made some suggestions which I included.