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Wed Jan 3d. Went out early shopped and wrote . Queer days these but I need the rest and it is good for a while. Was ready at four for F. Rumsey but she did not come till half past. So queer to be waiting for such things. Were having tea when Fitchie came and stayed after F R went. Talk with R about Joanna of course always. Persuaded Fitchie to go with me to the French's to see his Lincoln now on view. Walked down and found crowd at 5.30. Was tremendously impressed. It is MY Lincoln and I think all who care for him will feel it. It is ordingary plastically. but great in conception and feeling. for the PERSON. Saw many people of course Met Tracy going out . and shall not have him here He returns next winter. Dr Valentino .. The Johnsons and many others. At last caught sight of John Wilkie coming in and that was the end of the other people. He told me that his adoratio n of Lincoln when he was a boy was so great that he called himself after him. D was there and I had a chance to tell it Mr French what I thought of IT. He seemd pleased. J L, W. walked all the way with us. I like himalways better. Makes me think sometimes of LANGLEY. The same deepsouled strength. Dined here and sat alone eve. Willing to and almost happy. Thurs Jan 4th. About the same morning to begin with but got at the pictures and lengthened Mrs Clement's dress and did quite a little on Helena. Getting them ready for the afternoon. Short rest and getting ready for the Emmet visit. Ran out to get cakes and air and found Lydia and Mr Von Gleyn here at 3:30. Very nice time showing things and having them appreciated. So seldom for me. Mrs de Raasloff came while they were here but no one else tioo later. Then K Ludington and Miss Daland Mrs. Elliots girl friend. Later Mr. Tucker and A Ludington. A good deal of good talk but I had to listen a good deal to the girl and missed some. A brought photos of the drawings pretty good. Stayed till after six and then I dressed and went to Birkheads. Only old Mrs. Vail and rather a queer evening which left a depressing memory. I am to do him on Tues next a drawing. Very bad night bad prepfor Phila early train. Wrote dangerous letter to that bully John K Lewis. [[vertical pencil line]]
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