Wednesday, Dec 1, 1880 It had snowed in the night and was raining when I went over to breakfast and it has been a dark day. Hall, J. G. Brown Hubbard and Wood called to see me. They all seemed to like my pictures which I brought down with me and seemed to think I had been quite busy. This encouraged me for it did not seem to me I had done much until lately and it was also encouraging to find my work still interested them. I drew in a little picture and hope to paint on it tomorrow. Wrote some letters. To Jas. Gifford, to Mr. W. B. Tubby and to Sara. Mr. Ferris the young man who wrote to me to ask me to look at his sketches came this forenoon. I had to tell him kindly that I would not advise him to think of becoming an artist. His work was of the crudest possible kind and I dont think he seemed to see how bad it was. Called up at Eastman Johnsons but he had gone down to the Union League Club. Spent an hour with Mrs. Johnson.