Wednesday, Feb 8, 1888 A letter from Sara asking if I could come up to go to New Paltz on Friday with our Charities Aid Association. Wrote her I would try to. She had been down to Middletown to see Nannie and had just returned and was too tired to tell me about it. Mr. T.B. Clarke came to see my pictures I am going to sell. He was very encouraging. Thought I would get a good sum for them and thought the collection very varied and interesting and said he would help all he could to get people there. He can do a great deal if he chooses. I think he sees that I have put in my best and that there will be no claptrap or humbug about it. Major Bundy put my note in the hands of Mr. Domet who has written me a very friendly note saying he will conscientiously be able to write as favorable a notice of my collection as he did of Whittredges. A note from Whitelaw Reid also says he will do what he can for me. Spent most of the evening at Marys reading and went to the club a little while and talked with McDonough, Nash and Hall the lawyer. Came away with Benjamin and stopped at his room in 14th St, up a dark, narrow hall way on the 4th floor to see a marine picture of his.