Friday, July 9, 1880 The day has been very hot with a hot fierce wind a most unquieting day. Wrote to Maguiness again from whom I had a letter but without the information I needed. Made a box directly after breakfast and sent off Mr. Chickerings picture to whom I wrote. Went twice to the town. Had a letter from Mr. Gordon kindly offering to assist me in getting my picture home from England and wrote instructions to my agent there today. Mr. & Mrs. Curtis (Fred Nortons sister & her husband) called with Lily and Nannie today. I this evening finished reading "Middle March" for the second time. It is a powerful book with very subtle delineations of character. I am all adrift about my article. It seems tame as does every thing I do. I think very much upon my inactivity and my inability to accomplish any thing and wonder whether I can in my decadence or if I will never from this state and perhaps accomplish something in a new way. It will need some change of conditions or some powerful spur. My work does not attract me nor can I drive myself to it.