Wednesday, Feb 18, 1874- Quite contrary to my expectation Mr. Holt and Mr. James came in this morning and Mr. James said as he had found no picture to please him more than my "November" he would take it. He also said that if Mr. Stillman did not take the figure picture he thought he would like it. I think he has secured my best picture for half its value although he paid me all I asked him. In the evening I attended a very delightful gentlemans party at Robt. Gordons. Received such a genuine friendly letter from Booth in answer to one I wrote him. He has the true metal and I am proud to have him believe in me. A jolly letter from Weir telling us he had invited some company to meet us on Saturday night, and asking Gifford to come along. Saw Gifford and he thinks he will go.