Friday, Dec 9, 1881 Very busy all day my boil seeming to show a disposition to culminate. Hung the balance of double windows on the house. Had a painter come to paint the roof of stable and shed. A letter from Downing wanting me to go to Boston with him tomorrow night to see Booth. Telegraphed I could not. "Too much boil." Tom brought my birch canoe up from the Point and I put it up in the [?] of the carriage house. Joe Tomkins came.