Thursday, April 9, 1874- Gertrude, Alice and I attended the Reception at the Academy last evening. It was crowded to excess in spite of the rain and a new and deep interest in the Collection was evinced. Several pictures were sold during the day and the papers this morning speak most encouragingly. I went up there this morning and there were a good many people there not withstanding the rain. Every thing looks favorable for a prosperous season.