Thursday, Feb 12, 1874- Went home on Monday by Wallkill Valley taking the curtain poles with me and on Tuesday I spent most of the day hanging the curtains in the sitting room. They were very satisfactory. Returned to New York Wednesday by Wallkill Valley bringing Gertrude with me. Went to the Academy last evening to the stated meeting. Matters relating to the coming exhibition were discussed and a proper feeling of interest was manifested. Was in the Water Color Exhibition a few minutes. They have a very creditable exhibition and the public seems interested in it and a number of pictures have been sold. Commenced a picture of the "Bass Rocks" Cape Ann, foggy day, this morning and worked closely all day getting it all in early in the afternoon so that I can easily finish it now. It is my Academy picture. Two gentlemen from Baltimore called in the afternoon, Mr. Stillman and Mr. Senff. Mr. Stillman said Geo. Coale wanted him to see my pictures. I showed them all to him but I don't think he was much interested in them. I think Mr. Senff had more appreciation. I finally showed him my figures and he immediately wanted to buy the little one and asked my price. I couldn't tell him as I had not thought of that. He told me to let him know when I had made up my mind. I had a very pleasant talk with them. They seemed to be genial men and I think I impressed them pleasantly. It has rained all afternoon and the snow is going like smoke.