Thursday, Mar 6, 1884 Went immediately after breakfast, by appointment to Mr. Bordens. He was there and is to send my two pictures to me to be varnished. On my return I went in to see the panorama of the siege of Paris by Philoproteanx [sic]. It is admirably painted and interested me very much. I almost felt as though I were looking at a great battle. Have been painting on a little picture of ice drifting in the river at Antonys Nose on the Hudson, a recollection of something I saw from the car window. Mrs. Weeks and Miss Blake called and I had a most pleasant visit from them. Attended Robt. Gordons last artists party. There was the usual attendance. Among the distinguished guests the most distinguished was Matthew Arnold whom I had not seen before and who I had supposed was well on his way to England. He is not a prepossessing man and has a very ugly mouth which he twists about in a very strange manner. I am sorry I dislike so many people. I always meet at such places a number of men whom it is a trial to meet, whom I do not want to talk to and at the same time do not want to pass by. I dont speak to Avery nor Dick Hunt. Ferguson is always saying disagreeable things about me and every other artist. Mr. Stebbins was going to pass me by but I spoke to him and this is what I wish I could always do. I talked a little with Clark who tried to be agreeable and I am glad I did. My dear Gertrude was a perfect example to me in these respects. She had no resentments and could be kind to every one.