Thursday, Jan 31, 1884 Damp and this morning an almost impenetrable fog. I had many interruptions and did not paint much. Calvert came over to see my studies. Later Eastman Johnson came and I showed them to him. We talked of the Art Union. He feels apprehensive about it as I do. Perry has applied to him for money to meet the rent. I told him if I had money I would put it in. We both think this a critical period and that if we can only get going it will be successful. Eastman pleaded inability and unfitness to attend to these public matters connected with art but I plainly told him he had duties in that direction which he could not evade and that his advice and counsel were very valuable. Went to the Century in the evening. Meeting of the Trustees at which only five were present. Only routine business transacted.