Thursday, July 1, 1880 Commenced a picture 20x24 today but my work looks so poor and unsatisfactory that I am pretty well discouraged. It is difficult to paint when one has no ideas to express. However I am trying to force myself to work in the hope that I will get in the way of it again. Received a note from Jake Sharpe in relation to the china Oscar sent, which has arrived in N. Y. and on which there will be duty to pay. There was an account of Booths sailing on the Gallia in the Tribune today. He had several friends on board, the Farmers of Philadelphia, Ole Bull & wife, Miss Thursly & others. A card from Sade announcing her arrival at Toledo and seeing Andrews brother on the evening of 29.