Thursday, Feb 19, 1880 Called to see Julia Dillon this morning. When I reached my room found a letter from Mr. Smith of Springfield telling me my picture in their exhibition was sold the opening day and was the first picture sold. This was very grateful news to me for I have not sold any thing in so long a time that I began to be very anxious. A gentleman from Chicago called a Mr. [blank] a lumber merchant who said he wanted to buy a winter picture. I showed him my "winter in the Mountains" which I offered him for $500. He looked at it a long time but finally went away saying he would come in again. I fear he will not. Booth came and I painted on the Benedick but do not get on well with it. I am afraid I am going to fail on it again. Went to a lecture by Henry Potter at Chickering Hall this evening, and from there to Moores opening of his gallery. Annie and Nannie came to see me today, also Gertrude Tomkins and a young friend and Lillie Wilkinson.