Sunday Oct. 27. 1872- Gertrude and I went up to Mr. Giffords in Hudson on Thursday and returned last evening. It rained nearly all the time we were there but Sanford and I managed to get two walks by camping umbrellas. He had to go to New York yesterday morning to register for the coming election and we came home in the 5.32 train. We had a very delightful visit, more particularly because they seemed so pleased to have us there. Mary begins to be saddened by the scattering of their family and the changes which time inevitably brings and she told me that she could not bear to be alone any more. I appreciate the feeling. I wish we lived nearer together so that we might see more of each other and never go there that I am not impressed with the advantage it would be to be near some such pleasant genial family. Mrs. Church sent up for us in the rain to come and spend Sunday with them but as we had arranged to go home we were obliged to decline what would have been a pleasure to each of us. I think Mrs. Church must get lonely there and long for some congenial companion. I find that ones wife or ones husband, however happy in each others companionship is not sufficient. The interests are too identical and another element, with a new set of interests and ideas is necessary to give a flavor to life. It was raining when we came home and still rains at intervals today. I have written a long letter to Eastman Johnson in answer to his of Oct. 6th.