Monday, Oct 25, 1880 A cold beautiful day. Mr & Mrs. Sawyer went home via New York by the morning train. Mary Gifford went by the 11 oclock train and Mary Vaux by the noon train. The two Marys went over to my studio with me before they went. After dinner I went over there and painted a little picture 10x12 of a sky effect I saw a few days ago and drew in a Kennebunkport subject 10x12 which I am going to paint for Sara's fair. Came to my room and read some of darling Gertrudes letters of 1878 and some of mine to her. I have had an intense longing for her today, and a return of some of the old depression but I attributed it to the departure of our friends and now I mean to keep at work and I hope to be happier. Mr. Sawyer went over to the cemetery alone yesterday. I think he felt he would rather go there alone. They both began to seem like old people to me and in all probability will not come here many times more. They enjoyed their visit as they always do. A letter from Holt begging me not to go back to Tenth St. which I briefly answered telling him I preferred to and not to speak of any contemplated change. A letter from Mr. McLeod of the Corcoran gallery wishing me to send my "Clouds" and assuring me he would give it a fine place. He wrote in a very friendly tone.