Booth sat to me today as Brutus. Capt Parsons called. Wanted me to criticise some of his poetry but I got out of it awkwardly I presume. Had a circular from Armstrong saying he was going to appoint some one to sell the American pictures in the Exposition and asking if mine is for sale and the price. Downing and I dined together at the St. Dennis. Went to his room after dinner. He found a telegram from Joe Tomkins asking him to go to Rondout to await instructions about coming on to Hillsboro to take Dwights place who is sick. Called at the Thurbers. They were out. Went to the club. Wrote a letter to Gertrude after I got home which I sent by Downing and I also wrote a letter of sympathy to John Wolfer. Was at Eastman Johnsons last evening. Booth told me today he meant to give me a thousand dollars when I finish the three remaining pictures instead of three hundred he will owe me. He is thoroughly generous and sympathetic.