Sunday, Aug 23, 1874- We had fine showers Friday night putting and end to the drought which was becoming oppressive. We have had a letter from my father & mother and they are to be home on Friday night. Calvert came up last night and he and I took a walk out beyond Kingston bridge in the hills. It was a sober day with a little feeling of the autumn in the brooding stillness and the chirp of the cricket. Had a letter from Eastman Johnson from Nantucket last night. Have all my illustrations for "Among the Trees" done except one. I made two last week and commenced a little picture of the view looking north from New Paltz which perhaps Vanderlip may want. I had a letter from him last week and he tells me he is in great need of money. I fear he is in great trouble and will paint him a picture at once which he says he can get the money for.