Left for New York this morning. Downing and I came together and as he wanted to stop at West Point I went with him. We called on Lieut. Knight who went up to Fort Putnam with us and also to see the first class exercise a Cavalry drill after which we dined with him and came down by the 2 o'clock train arriving here about 4. Downing dined with me and we spent the evening together in my studio. I should have been terribly lonesome if he had not. I have come down for the season about six weeks earlier than is my habit and just at the time when I expect to go into the country for my fall sketching, but there seemed to be reasons for such a course that I could not resist. I hope it may be to me advantage but I feel troubled about it. I shall get to work as soon as possible and if I can get interested in my work I will be happy.