Thursday, Sept 29, 1881 I received a very discouraging letter today from Houghton, Mifflin & Co. I made a drawing for them last spring for Taylors Home ballads which I did not want to do but which they rather urged. When it was finished Mr. Millet their agent expressed satisfaction and paid me fifty dollars for it. Now when the book is nearly ready to appear they write to tell me that they have not used it and have substituted something in its place. I shall not reply to the note but it makes me unhappy because I see in it something more than at first appears. All illustrations now are expected to have the stamp of the "New School" and nothing is interesting that has it not, and a contempt for all that has not this stamp is visible in the popular illustrations I think. I have had enough of it and shall I hope be able to refuse all such applications hereafter.