Friday, Dec 17, 1880 Eastman Johnson came and I had a long talk with him on many things. He recognizes the necessity of doing something to keep our art from falling into utter contempt & neglect. I think something will be done for we are all feeling the absurdity of the situation. Beard came bringing Mrs. Hopkins and a young lady. She professes great admiration for my pictures but they havent "room". Mr. Southwalth who proposes starting a weekly art paper called for the second time and talked of his plans. It is to be devoted to the interests of American Art. I told him it was a worthy field but a most difficult one. He seems to have energy but I am not sure of his ability or his persistence in following out a settled and well digested plan. We certainly need any aid we can get and I hope he may do some good. I had a strange letter from Weir, lecturing me pretty sharply as I should not presume to write to him. He says he does so with the kindest intentions and I shall try to believe it but cant help thinking he is a little irritated at my letter from Rondout. I began a new picture today on the ruins of my winter picture. It is in a doubtful state. I feel desperately until I get thoroughly at work. I think I will work out a picture at last. Went to see the Opera of "Lucia" this evening taking Dora Wheeler. Gerster sang in it and I enjoyed it as I always do in my own way.