Began a picture [?], a composition based on two of my Kaatskill brook studies with an Indian Summer effect. The size is 20x24. I hope I shall become interested and shall lay Gertrudes portrait aside for awhile. Have felt very badly today, ill in body and mind. I have a severe cold in my lungs and this morning felt feverish and have had a melancholy feeling all day. Wheeler called. I wrote to Mrs. Taylor and sent her the Herald account of Bayards departure. My Franklin arrived from Wilmington and I have it in my room. It is in very good order but needs some work on it. I hope to get it up tomorrow. Mary, Calvert and I called on the Cranchs this evening who have taken the Gilders little place in 15th street while they are gone to Europe. No response to my letter of nearly a month ago but I cannot put it away and am lost in all sorts of conjectures and cannot surrender as I perhaps must at last.