Tuesday, Feb 21, 1882 Calvert came up on Friday and he and I returned to the city by the 6 o'clock train yesterday. My mothers symptoms were more encouraging. Her speech had improved a little and she had some little use of her leg but her arm and hand were useless. Sara gives her electricity twice a day and we are in hopes she may recover, but I confess it seems very doubtful to me. I am troubled about our affairs in addition and begin to feel again the heaviness and sadness of a year ago. It has been a rainy, dismal day. I have busied myself making a drawing of my Academy picture for Mr. Kurtzs Academy Notes and he came in just as I had finished it and took it with him. I met Mrs. Parton in Woods room and she came in and saw my picture. It was so dark today it did not look well but she seemed to be pleased with it. Miss Noxon called in the rain and wanted me to come up and dine with her which I did. It rained accompanied with heavy thunder and lightning and the wind blew from all directions the smoke all coming down my chimney and filling my room. It was pouring when I arrived at Miss Noxons but I had a very pleasant time being the only gentleman among seven ladies, Miss Noxon, Miss Gaye, Mrs. Butler & daughter, Mrs Elkins & daughter and a Miss Warfield from Washington all of whom were very pleasant. I was rather appalled at first but found it on the whole very charming.