Friday, May 15, 1885 This morning seems like genuine spring with its balmy air and bright sunshine. I had a letter from Gill enclosing me $25 for damages to my picture. I shall not accept it until I see the picture. Also a long letter from Lucy. She had received Mrs. Custers book I sent her and had read it with great pleasure. She says that Custer is severely criticised as to his character by each branch of the service where she stations and had always believed the stories about him true, coming as they did from apparently disinterested sources, but she says she thinks these stories must be false, or else there must have been a great deal of good in his character to have now the faith and admiration of such a woman. In her letter was one from Joe Tomkins, one of his needless and unwise manifestoes. He never seems to stop a moment to think what he is doing or saying. Sara came over to my studio and while she was here Edith Cook called. Mr. Whiting of the Springfield Republican called. Gill has sent me $25 damages on my picture in Springfield, but Mr. Whiting says the pictures are not perceptibly damaged. Attended the distribution of the medals to the students of the Academy. The only Academicians present were Wood who presided, Richards, Jones, Jas. Hart, Perry, Guy, Ewell, Wilmarth and myself. The students presented Wilmarth with an arm chair. From there went to the house and with Calvert to the Century for an hour.