Wednesday, Feb 2, 1881 Bitterly cold and clear. Painted all day but have felt depressed and discouraged. Hubbard came in and praised my picture. Thought it one of the best I ever painted. I wish I could think so. Hall came to see me and Calvert also. All of them liked my picture. Calvert, Downing and I went to the Artists fund exhibition this evening. A very fair collection but how few I would care for. I like Eastmans picture and one of Dielmans. Weir had a very good landscape. Dr. Washburne the Episcopal clergyman died today and I received a paper from Mr. Bachelder containing the announcement of the death of Mrs. Bachelders sister Augusta on Sunday 30th. This will be a new and a great sorrow to Mr. Bachelder and her remaining sister.