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and if the time I can spare should meet your dinner hours so much the better for me. You may expect, or not just as you please, to see a clodhoppers smiling phiz within a week - illuminating your doorway. Promise I cant for I have 9631201 problems in Architecture and construction given me to solve daily. The house grows, so do the rocks some say. The solid foundations so braced my will that we didn't feel the popular earthquake which startled the lower world. I believe however that the earth shook only in fever and ague districts. We are having splendid meteoric displays, magnificent sunsets and [[end page]] [[start page]] Auroras - red, green, yellow, and blue - and such in profusion I have actually been drawn away from my usual steady devotion to the new house to sketch some of the fine things being in the sky. Gifford is here in Hudson building a studio atop of his fathers house. The view from it will be splendid. Bienstadt, I hear from his friends, proposes to remove bag and baggage to California. How goes the Jim-a-ky? What sizable canvas will you take up next? I am much obliged ^ [[insertion]] to you [[/insertion]] for [[strikethrough]] your [[/strikethrough]] acting the shield between me and the charity fund. It is absolutely impossible for me to paint pictures for such purposes. I object to the principle of the thing and moreover it makes me feverish [[end page]]
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