Thursday, Sept 10, 1874- Tuesday I began a picture for which Lucy stood for me. I want to paint "September" a figure in a fading garden. I made a pretty good commencement but my beginnings are often better that what I work over. Yesterday I took it out at the side of the house and painted in some flowers and a bit of distance looking over the river, but it was not very good and today I have been working on it making it less realistic. Loeske came today by the day boat and Lucy had a letter from Mary from Hillsboro saying that she and Gussie were to start for home on Wednesday so that they are in Boston today. Old Mr. Tubby who is 84 years old walked up here today to see me. After he had made his visit I took him home in the waggon and he seemed quite pleased with the attention. Bayard Taylor arrived home from Europe today. It has been very hot. Today has been one of the hottest of the season and we have had no rain since Aug 23.