Thursday, Mar 5, 1885 The weather has been warm and genial since Monday and I begin to think of the spring but not with much elation. I fear it will bring me many anxieties. I found a letter from Sara. My father had looked badly to her but after all did not seem to be any worse. He had walked on his crutches out into the hall and I hope soon he can go down stairs. Also a letter from Steese with a draft for $175 for the little picture. I walked up to 51st St to get Clarke to make a box for it, and then called on Ward at his studio. Found him at work on the statue of Wm. E Dodge. Went and sat up on the platform with him while he talked about a proposition to change the constitution of the Academy so that the Associates which now are limited to 60 be reduced to 60 and that they with the Academicians elect the Academicians. I think it worth reflecting upon. I see objections but am not prejudiced against it.