Went to the meeting of the Council last night for the first time since before the Holidays. Perry had another scheme for an illustrated catalogue. He springs all these schemes upon the Council with such an air of plausibility that it is difficult to oppose him. However I have got to that state that I oppose every thing he advocates on general principles. Gertrude and I went to see the Water Colors yesterday morning. Mr. Goodman & Mr. John Cheney came to see me this morning after I returned from my usual walk. I think Mr. Goodman wished to select a picture for a friend for he asked the prices of several. Mr. Merwin came to look at the Vanderlyn engravings and told me he thought they would sell very well. Their terms are 15 pr. ct. and $2.50 per page for catalogue which covers all expenses of printing advertising & sale. I wrote to Miss Vanderlyn today and advised her to sell them. As soon as I hear from her if she consents I will send them down there and they will be sold at the first opportunity. Platt and his wife and Mr. Goodman dined with us and spent the evening. The sun came into our parlor this morning for the first time this year and was a pleasant reminder of the Spring.