The weather has been intensely hot the past week with the exception of one cool day. We have the house in order, all the papering and painting finished and tomorrow I expect to begin the painting of the outside having engaged a man to assist. I had a letter from Mrs. Cross appealing for help. I sent her five dollars and wrote to Mr. Hoe, Eastman Johnson and Gifford asking them to contribute something for her. I had a letter from Mr. Hoe enclosing his check for ten dollars but have not heard from the others. Eastman Johnsons portrait of my father has arrived nicely framed and is hung in the sitting room. We are all delighted with it as a likeness and as a picture it is fine and spirited. I had a letter from Miss Durfee about taking some of my pictures to Newport. I have replied asking to know more about it not having much confidence in the scheme.