Thursday, Mar 11, 1880 I came to my studio with a melancholy longing for dear Gertrude. Reading that letter of hers has brought her so close to me again that I feel with a fresh pang her absence. It has snowed all day and I have been painting on her portrait and I think I have it better than I ever had before. Brown the Academy salesman came to see me. He advises me to send two small pictures and I have concluded to do so. He thinks he will be sure to sell them. I had a letter from Alice delighted that she is to have the piano. Went to Mr. Gordons annual artists party which was very pleasant as usual. There were many new artist faces and I felt disinclined to move about much, and make new acquaintances.