Friday, Feb 18, 1881 Mr. De Forest came to see me and bought my Sources of the Delaware for $350 as a present to Rev. Dr. Storrs who was a classmate of his. While he was here I had a telegram from Mr. Bates for me to send him his little picture, which I think Mr. De Forest would have taken for $250 if I could have let him have it. We had a long and earnest talk on the future life and I could see how the stern faith in which he had been reared failed to satisfy him and how he was trying to believe in something more hopeful and satisfying. Today is Marions 17th birth day. I gave her a little present of a scarf for her neck. It rained this evening and Julia was to have an entertainment at the house so Calvert and I went to the club and from there to see the competitive exhibition of designs for Christmas cards at Moores gallery. There was not much that was new or striking and I presume it was hardly reasonable to expect it. We went back to the club again for a little while and then I came to my room.