Tuesday, Apr 28, 1885 Cold enough for a fire in my room. Called to see Wilmart and told him to notify me when my picture came from Springfield as I want to see what condition it is in before I received it. Have painted on my picture near Roggens and improved it. By sticking at my pictures which seem wrong in construction I generally manage to get them in shape, but not always. Mrs. Leach and her daughter called. Had received letters from her boys in California and came to see if I had accomplished any thing. Poor woman. If I were able I would bring her boys here for it seems to me they ought to be able to take care of her. A short letter from Charlie Osman today which I answered briefly telling him of the arrival of the braid. Got Mrs. Custers book and sent it to Lucy. It rained violently when I went to dinner as it had all afternoon. It was so chilly in my room that I built a fire but the smoke poured into the room until it got well going. Downing was down and I spent the evening at home as I do most of my evenings now. Stopped at the club a short time and had a talk with Mr. Hammersly. He said he knew Custer and says Stoneman told him he was crazy but he talked as though he knew every body and after all I dont much rely upon a mans estimate of character who dyes his beard and thinks he can cheat people into thinking he is younger than he is.