Thursday, Dec 30, 1880 The weather is intensely cold 8 degrees below zero I understood and a good deal of snow. It has been bitterly cold all day and is no less so tonight. I have been composing a picture and think I have a good start and on a good key, not too dark. Waller came in with a lady who has just returned yesterday from Europe. She said the voyage was terrible. Deliver me from the ocean in winter. Waller is on the Art Committee of the Union League Club and at their last meeting they voted $750 for a picture by me. I dont think he liked my picture and I shall not be surprised if they do not take it. They couldnt do better than to take it but I told him not to consider me, that it wouldnt make any difference to me and not to have it if it didnt please them. I could not tell from what he said whether they are to take it or not. I had a letter from Gussie, confidential and telling me some of her trials. Mr. Chapin was buried today [newspaper clipping attached]. What a bitter day to lay a loved one in the wintry earth. I wrote a short letter from Weir last night. Am going home tomorrow and Bowyer is going with me.