Downing breakfasted with me and we walked down Broadway together on his way to the office. What a charming nature he has. He is a great comfort to me. Received a nice letter from Weir in which he says that my name was among the original ones for a Medal at the Exposition and unanimously approved by the Foreign Judges all of whom were artists. Of the American judges only two out of eight were artists and at the last, one American Juror, not an artist proposed and carried an indiscriminate award which of course spoils what honor there might have been connected with it. So all art matters are spoiled by our bunglers. He sent me the little paragraph concerning what Escosura said of my picture and says it has been noticed in many of the papers. He says "your stock is up". I hope it may be, for I never so much felt the need of encouragement.