Friday, Nov 25, 1881 Went down town this morning to get various supplies for the builders. It was bright and cold. Recd. a letter from Downing in which he tells me he ascertains that the "bark braid" is patentable and gives me suggestions. Mrs. Van Deusen sent for me to come and see her. She has a friend visiting her, a Mrs. Hirsch a rich lady from California who wants to see some of my sketches. I made an appointment to meet her at my studio when she returned from a ride she was taking with Grant. They drove up shortly after and I went over there with her. Alida came for her almost immediately however as she was going [?] by the train but as she is to spend the winter in N.Y. she said she would come to my studio there. She seemed an interesting lady like person. It has been clear and cold all day and it is real winter. As I came to my room I looked across the snowy landscape and thought how sweet and restful these early winter days used to seem with dear Gertrude here to enjoy them with me. I never enter this room that I do not think of her and in the twilight the very shadow of her sweet self seems to meet me here.