Tuesday, Dec 20, 1881 Running about on Christmas errands and not being able to get to work. Made an appointment with Downing to go down town to see Ondin a lawyer friend about patenting my "birch bark hat". Just as I was about to leave my studio Dr. Stimson came in and bought a little winter picture I painted last winter. A little bit above "Steep Rocks" with a birch tree 12x14 which I left him have for $100. When I reached Downings office found that Ondin had been obliged to go away and we were to call at 4 which we did to find his partner. He recommended us to go to [?] & Co of the Scientific American which we did and have started to get our patent for an "improvement in hats". Mrs. Lacey sent me a note and the tin types of her father and mother and I went to see Mr. Boynton about them and he is to see her on Wednesday. Called up to see Miss Noxon this evening but she was out. Went to the Century feeling a little lonely. The evenings are often very lonely. I read some at the Century in Col. Dodge's book on "the Plains" which I found very entertaining.