Tuesday, Feb 3, 1874- My father and mother came down today. I dined with them at Marys and in the evening we all went to see Sara receive her diploma and her degree in Doctor of Medicine. It was quite an interesting occasion but the room was too small for the audience and many were obliged to go away. Girard came to see me while I was out with my father this morning. Avery called on me. He said if I had anything I wanted to sell he would like to have it at his place. I told him I had plenty to sell but that he preferred to invest his money in foreign pictures, which seemed to hit him pretty hard. He is a most unsatisfactory man for me to meet. I wish one dealer could arise that a candid man could talk with in an open candid way. I always feel like a criminal and a poor sort of fellow after talking with Avery. He never lets you see that he takes the least interest.