Wednesday, Jan 2, 1884 Very dark and misty, almost too dark to work but I painted nearly all day and in the afternoon laid in a picture 30x36 of the "yellow woods" from one of my studies in Mink Hollow. Booth sent me the tickets for tomorrow evening with a note in which was a reference to a letter he has written me. It came later with a letter from Rondout from Sara in which he is greatly outraged by a letter he has received from Downing. I showed it to Julia, Calvert and Mary at dinner. We are greatly annoyed at Downings lack of dignity. I wrote a short note to Booth this evening disapproving of Downings course, asking him if he will let me see this letter and telling him I will see Downing. This worries us all because it puts Downing in such a miserable position. Went clear up to 44th St to call on Mrs. Stedman and found the no. given was a stable. A pitiful, despairing letter came from Mrs. Pelton. She has abandoned herself to grief just as I feared.