Friday, Feb 25, 1887 Painting on my picture, clouds opposite the sun at sunset which I have much improved. Church came in this afternoon looking very feeble. He and his wife are staying at the Brevoort House for three or four weeks. I called there to see them this evening. Mrs. Church looked very frail and ill. It was very cold this morning but is somewhat milder this evening. Went to Dr. Taylors. I spoke to him about Church's case and he did not hesitate to say that he could cure him and said that he had once been a great sufferer from rheumatism. If I had had an opportunity this evening I meant to have touched upon the subject, but Church is so peculiar in his notions and so set in his opinions that I feel I shall have to be very cautious in speaking about it. Downing was down to dinner today and came over to see my studio this evening. He is thinking seriously of going with some builder and leaving here to contract for erecting buildings, a pursuit he has been thinking of for some time. I cannot account for not hearing from Sam. If he received my letter it is gross neglect in not answering it. Even Mr. Rood has not sent over the money for the little picture but of course he will soon. I keep up courage and am able to look difficulties in the face with much more bravery.