Monday, Nov 13, 1882 Went to N. Y. by the noon train to attend the dinner given by Whitelaw Reid to Hubert Herkomer the English artist. There was an accident on the road at Peekskill to a fast up train by which one man was seriously if not fatally hurt and by which our train was delayed so that we did not reach town until nearly 6 oclock and I had all I could do to reach Reids by seven which I did by taking a carriage. The dinner was very pleasant and the guests distinguished. They were Ex. Secretary Blaine, Mr. Astor, Mr. Scribner, J. Q. A. Ward, Hazard, Holt, Wm Walter Phelps, Bierstadt, Julian Hawthorne, Prof. Marsh, Burlingame, Herkomer & myself. Mrs Reid dined with us. I had some talk with Herkomer after dinner who impressed me as a strong enterprising man who is evidently impressed with his ability to teach many things and he seemed social and friendly and democratic. I dont know his work.