Thursday, Feb 26, 1880 A letter from Sara this morning in which she says that my father after getting better was taken with a chill and is not so well now. I feel troubled about him as she does. Went down to Wells and Fargo's express office to see about the cost of sending my picture. They charge 80 cents per foot. The picture went to Wilmurts today and is to be boxed and will probably go on Saturday. It was been a dull dark day and I have felt very depressed. I have tried to paint but I feel jaded and have no invention and find it almost impossible to compose anything. This has been a sad, unhappy day. Came early to my room and wrote to W. A. Smith to whom I send my picture, to the secretary of the Royal Academy, a short note to Boughton and to Ernest Parton. My picture is to go on Saturday 28th.