Wednesday, Apr 9, 1888 I sent a new note to John McEntee endorsed by Calvert and me to renew Abbeys note for the estate due on the 11th. [The?] man has brought me no coal for two days and it looks as though they are boycotting me again. This is annoying. I hate to get into such rumpuses, but I wont be imposed upon. I began a new picture 15x18. Sara called on her return from seeing a spiritual medium Julia Dillon had taken her to. She had an interview with her and said some remarkable things, without, as usual, [?] any direct knowledge or information. For instance she said [?] mother was present and noticed that Sara wore her ring which [impressed?] her--but is that all the spirit of our mother could say to her children? She said there was a beautiful person present with blue [?] eyes who did not want to go to the spirit land for she loved [?] life and had strong attachments. Her name was "Gertrude" she [?] asleep and in a moment awoke in happiness. She loved [?] (Sara) and wished to embrace her. Now this is all strange [?] unaccountable, but how utterly unsatisfying. She said her [?] was present, and Maurice who said he was progressing, getting on well. She said his infirmity had been chiefly physical and much more that seemed remarkable as coincidence than as establishing any proof of spiritual agency. But the [?] is how did she an utter stranger come to know even of the existence of my father and mother, Gertrude, Maurice and others. Went around to the club a little while. Saw Armstrong who says it is still cold and dismal in the country. I left Marbury eating a Welsh rarebit which seemed rather heroic in his somewhat feeble condition. He has seemed less brilliant and active of late. Lang sent me two books of his Ms. memoirs and I read two chapters this evening.