Thursday, Oct 28, 1880 Went to my studio and commenced a picture 12x20 of corn husking from a hint I got on our last ride. A telegram came from J. Q. A. Ward asking him to meet me at our station at the 11. a.m. train. I went over the ferry at 1.30 and he came over on his way out to his fishing lodge at the head of the Rondout. He had been at the meeting at the Century last night. A committee was appointed to decide upon some appropriate memorial of Gifford. He told me it was first proposed that a paper should be written and I had been selected to write it but finally it was thought that several of his intimate friends should write, which I think an excellent idea. I am to go down to N. Y. with him on Thursday next. Came home and found the man waiting to put up my stove in my studio, which was soon done and now I have the same stove there I put up there at least twenty seven years ago. I shall only use it in very cold weather. Have begun this evening to write my paper on Gifford but there seems so much to say I hardly know where to begin. It has been cold but bright today.