Thursday, Apr 12, 1888 I received a very hopeful letter from John today giving excellent reports of Nannies improvement. He had had several letters from her and also from the Dr. giving him great encouragement. I answered his letter at once for it was a great gratification to me. I also had a letter from Mrs. Darley. She said the money for the contributors of the M. A. Society would be very welcome. I painted all day but my pictures look dull and pointless, they do not satisfy me. Leta Braces picture went today. Calvert, Mary, Sara and I went to a party at Mrs. Mary Mapes Dodges this evening. There was a crowd of interesting people in her pretty apartment in the Navarro building. Mr. Robbins her neighbor threw open his adjoining apartment which made a charming suite of rooms. Mrs. Dodge has often invited me to her house before but I never went. She told me my acceptance of her invitation was the first one she received. I met a great many pleasant people.