Wednesday, Jan 23, 1884 Weather mild and the streets wet and disagreeable. Worked all day on my picture from one of my Mink Hollow studies. The young man from the Art Union came in and told me a gentleman had taken a fancy to my "Upland farm" in the gallery and wanted to find out if I would take any thing under my price for it. I told him he might have it for $250. Went to hear Cable read at Chickering Hall. He has a flat, disagreeable pronunciation, immense confidence and did not attract me. Still part of his reading was very interesting notably where he discribes [sic] Narcisse going off to war. I have not read any of his stories and so am not competent to justly estimate him. Went to the club a short time. The reception to President Arthur at the Union League Club occurred this evening. I had an invitation but did not go.