Sunday, Nov 20, 1881 Splendid day--bright and clear and not very cold. Went to the Post Office this morning thinking we would hear about Julias condition but there was no letter. Received a letter from Royal Reed in which he tells me he has sent me some partridges. Wrote to Miss Nesmith and to Mrs. H. P. Gray. Have just finished reading "Letters of Madame Sevigne", by Miss Thackeray. Very entertaining but too much curtailed as one of a series of "Foreign Classics". Saw by the Tribune and Herald that Vaux has with Olmstead been appointed consulting architect of the Park. This is a great triumph for him. I dont believe he will accept unless granted entire freedom and that they will not have him. Dora Wheeler received the two prizes $1000 each for designs for Christmas cards.