Wednesday, Oct 13, 1880 I took my feather bed down to the laundry to be cleaned and came back by the polling place to vote on the question of water works. Went to work in my studio and have been painting all day on my picture. I think I have made a promising start. Major Mapes was here at dinner having returned from Delaware Co. on his way back to Wisconsin. He is a well preserved man and has all his faculties as keen and alert as a man of fifty. He seems to have had a satisfactory visit and says it will add twenty years to his life. He spoke of his deaf and dumb brother Harry, who is dead, with great feeling. I am afraid he has not provided for an independent old age but he seemed contented and happy. Pa took him down to Major Cornells and he goes to New York tonight. The last time I saw him he was a younger man than I am now. Received a letter from Whittredge and one from Alice both of which I answered this evening. Mr. & Mrs Sawyer are coming to Hudson to the Convention on the 19th and will come here for a short visit. Indiana and Ohio have both gone Republican which is a most cheering event.