Wednesday, Sept 16, 1874- Monday I made a little sketch of Lucys baby which suggested a picture of a mother holding out her hands to her child just learning to walk. The next day I made a sketch of her on a larger canvas and mean to try to paint a picture. I have worked on it today but do not feel sure of it yet. She stood for me on Monday for my "September" out of doors when I repainted it and much improved it. I feel safe with it now. Made a sketch today of a grape vine for it. Recd a day or two ago a nice letter from Mr. Walker of Chicago who bought my late Autumn with figures last winter enclosing a notice of it in the Exposition and telling me it is generally liked. Replied tonight. It is raining this evening for the first time since Aug 23.