Monday, Jan 14, 1884 Painted all day on the Woods. About 4'oclock a gentleman and lady called with a card from Eastman Johnson Mr Fred. Layton of Milwaukee and a Mrs. Johnson. Mr. Layton bought my picture from the Milwaukee exhibition two years ago and has given an art building to the city. He looked at all my pictures and bought my "Upland farm" for $500 which I am to send to Milwaukee. This was a very pleasant surprise. Mrs Johnson was interested in the picture I am at work upon and asked the privilege of bringing a friend to see it later. From something she said I inferred she also bought pictures. Mr. Layton expressed himself as very pleased with the picture of mine he owns which was a satisfaction. Went to the Century in the evening. Met a Mr. Hammersly; a lawyer from Hartford. Went up into the Art Union a little while. No one there. The Journal will be out on Wednesday and we hope that will give us a start. I begin to feel a little anxious about our venture. We have had vexatious delays with the Journal. A cheerful letter from Sara, who is encouraged by my hopefulness.