Monday, Apr 18, 1881 Beautiful day at home. Came down with the noon train and met the inevitable sadness and depression at my door here, but I try not to give way to it. A letter from Weir wanting me to spend Thursday night with him which I have written him I will do. Maurice came down stairs just before I left. I got a glimpse of him, the picture of despair. What a sorrow. What a trial. Attended the Council. After adjournment we had a warm discussion regarding the proposed "liberal" movements in the Academy, as allowing the exhibitors to select the hanging committee and the associates to select Academicians. I argued against it and was added to the committee, for my pains, which is to consider the report. Was also put on the annual dinner committee. A letter from Weir wanting me to spend Thursday night with him.