Wednesday, May 12, 1880 The annual meeting of the Academy, but I had arranged to have Booth come and stand for Benedick which he did about noon and I worked until 4 having made a pretty good beginning. Healy the artist called. I have not seen him since we were in Rome. He had not heard of dear Gertrudes death. I introduced him to Booth whose wife he knew and he had painted Mrs. McVickers portrait. Healy is a man of great suavity of manner and always has the time to be attentive and polite to his friends. Julia Vaux came with Mr & Mrs Mendelsson, Mrs. Lewis and Miss Fanny. Mrs. M is an ardent admirer of Booth and was delighted to meet him with whom she had a very pleasant conversation. They made a long call and after they left I went up to the Academy meeting. The business was nearly over before I arrived but I staid to dinner which was one of the pleasantest ones I ever attended at which there was no boisterousness. I sat near Weir and Eastman Johnson. The old officers were all elected and the following new members of the council - J. B. Bristol, J. Q. A. Ward, H. W. Robbins, Brown, Calverly and myself being reelected. These Academicians were elected: B. C. Porter of Boston, L. C. Tiffany and Geo. H Yewell. Five associates were chosen, A. F. Bunner, Geo. H. McCord, J. C. Nicoll, W. Sartain, R. M. Shurtleff.