Thursday, July 15, 1880 Worked a little while in the shop making a yard stick for my mother to take the place of an old one which has disappeared and which has been in the family as long as I can remember. I also made a box on which I packed one of dear Gertrudes black silk skits, the silver pitcher with Mr. Sawyers name on it, some lace for Alice and sent it to Mrs. Sawyer by Express. Have written all afternoon and finally finished my article, and wrote a note to Dr. Holland asking him if he cares to look at it for "Scribner". I read the other day Lowells Mooshead Journal in Putnams Magazine of 1853. It is the work of genius and makes mine seem very tame. I wrote to Gifford yesterday asking him if he would not like to go somewhere for sketching, quite sure he will not. It is so dull here and I feel so sensibly that I ought to be at work. I wish I had the energy to go off somewhere alone.