Tuesday, Nov 2, 1880 The first thing I did this morning was to go to the polls and vote. Maurice and I went together. It has been a perfect day and I fervently hope the Republicans have made a clean sweep of the whole North. I shall be greatly mistaken if they have not. Arrangements have been made to receive returns at Sampron Hall but I did not go down preferring to wait until tomorrow. The two cousins went home by morning train. I went to my studio and painted all day on Gertrudes portrait. I have great trouble with it. I am less depressed than I have been. I hope I shall not fall back again, but presume I shall with the first discouragement. Today was the 26th anniversary of our marriage. I did not think of it, strangely enough until after I went to bed. However I have been thinking of dear Gertrude all day painting on her portrait and I read two or three of her letters before I went to bed.