[Paris—Saturday, 26 November 1859]
Saturday 26th Misty warm cloudy. Walked on the Champs Elysées and went to the Louvre. Discovered the Gobelins there for the first time in the large hall. We had previously admired these as paintings. Think Guido’s Magdalene one of the first of pictures. It lingers with you teaching great lessons in the unforgetting heart.
Among the modern paintings those by Girard we love as much as any. Especially the Cupid and Psyche where the etherial [sic] heaven-born essence of the first kiss stands before you revealing the treasured secret of the heart to cheer the life of many. Especially also his father and young child.