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Mr Alfred Booth but am waiting to hear from Mr B.F. Butler to know where to direct to him. Wrote yesterday to Mr. Ranger to send my pictures in London so as to reach N.Y. by Nov. 15" or before if convenient and to have them insured for £300. I hear nothing as yet from Mr. Darman regarding the picture I sent. I dare say he is getting the opinions of his friends before he ventures to give me his own. Calvert and Gerard came up last evening, Calvert for the last time this season as Mary and her family propose going home on Thursday. So we scatter and never without its bringing a melancholy feeling to me. I am afraid I am getting morbid. Little and comparatively unimportant things trouble and affect me, but I think it is because my mind is unemployed. I shall be glad to get to work again for only in work is there happiness and content. The most of the misery of life comes from lack of proper employment for the mind

Wednesday Sept. 11" 1872. Received a letter from Mr. Dorman yesterday in which he informs me that the picture does not quite please him, which is as I expected. I wish I were independent of such men. At least I shall not paint him another. Downing and I took a walk after dinner out to the Roastina. In the evening Mary, Gertrude and I and John McEntre went to a party at Esther Livingstons. Today I have written to Mrs. Minter to tell her I cannot pay her some money as I expected and also to Schutt to tell him that we would start for his place on Monday by the train which reaches Kaatskill at 11.53 A.M.

Saturday Sept. 14. Mary with Julia, Marian and Downing left for home on Thursday 12" with the boat taking all their belongings to establish themselves for the winter in their home in New York. It made me sad to see them go for I miss the children very