At least the political ferment has subsided by the declaration of the election of Hayes to the presidency. Every body feels a sense of relief and now there is no reason why we may not enter upon a season of prosperity. Weir dined with us this evening and we went to the club together for a short time where we saw Eastman Johnson and I was introduced to a Mr. Grinnell of Boston who impressed me most favorably. On Wednesday evening I attended a private view at Cottiers of some pictures he brought over from Europe. They impressed me rather strangely as they were so different from my ideas of landscape. Corot I presume is very fine and satisfactory to those who are in sympathy but I confess his pictures are unsatisfactory to me. A Daubigny was simply black and most of the pictures were painted in cold greys and totally lacking in color. I think most of them affectations in art, at least as they seem to me who see nature and the sentiment of the landscape so differently.