Thursday, Mar 20, 1884 Rain again. Worked on my picture but do not get on well. Do not know how to treat certain parts. It is not wise to go to work until you know just what you are going to do. The time spent in fully arranging your picture in your mind is profitably employed. To the Century in the evening. Discussed detail of the Gordon reception with Bristol and Eastman Johnson. Eastman and I walked over to the 6th Avenue together and talked of Thompson. We rarely see him and reproached ourselves for not going to see him while we admitted we were powerless to help him.