Friday, Apr 8, 1881 Could not get to work. Went up to the Academy to see if Brown had had any inquiries about my picture. Met Mrs. Weir there and we sat down in front of my picture and had a serious talk on many things. She feels solicitous for Johns reputation and I tried to encourage her. Told me Lily French was in town, had come down to Miss Godwins wedding. She had to leave to go home but I was very glad to have met her. Brown told me he had hopes of selling my picture to Mr. Dean who bought Loops & Bristols. It gave me a more hopeful feeling. I came back to my studio feeling a little stimulated by even this small encouragement, got out a sketch made at Shokan several years ago and went at a picture of color and worked with interest all afternoon. Went to John Taylor Johnstons party in the evening.