Dined at Platts last night with Mr. Goodman and Geo. Hall. Giffords marriage was the subject of conversation and many speculations were indulge in. A note came from him to Mrs. Platt while we were at dinner announcing it. I am always charmed with the affection shown in Platts family. The children love their parents dearly and caress them and in every way show their fondness. I am working on my picture but it does not please me yet. I sent for Mr. Williams picture today which he bought out of the Academy and I find the sky has become badly discolored so that I fear I shall have to paint it all over. Anxiety, worry, loneliness--these describe my condition.