My box came from the Express Co. today on the terms I proposed to them. Have painted a little on my figure picture but am not much in the mood to work. I am not possessed with any idea to carry out and this is all wrong. An artist should never lack for a subject. My room is full of pictures and there does not seem to be much stimulus. I think the position of American Artists is a peculiar one. In all the interest any where manifested in Art they seem to be the only ones who are neglected. Called on Mrs. Taylor and had a long talk with her about a monument to Taylor and about his last illness. Went from there to the Century to see Collins about the dinner of the G. B. Club. Hubbard was in this evening. He told me he had written a decisive letter to his widow and he directed it in my room, at least he thought it would be decisive.