Saturday, July 3, 1880 A cool beautiful day with wind from N. I spent the morning cutting off the top of the apple tree under Julia Vaux direction, which had grown up and hidden the view down by Hussey Hill. The last time I cut it was under dear Gertrudes direction and it seemed but a little while ago and yet the branches had grown to be nearly as large around as my wrist. In the afternoon I painted on Julias portrait but failed entirely and painted it out. Then I painted a small sketch of her but it is not very good. Nothing I do comes to any thing. Had a card from Stedman from Swampscott where he is settled for the summer, and a note from Jake Sharpe about the china Oscar has sent. A card from Sade announcing her arrival at Quincy on Wednesday 30th were she met Andrews brother and where she went in his special car. Downing and Bowyer came up by the Powell.