Friday, May 23, 1873- Warm weather is just commencing but at no time previous have I felt much like getting into the country. I attended a party last evening given by Dr. Holland to take leave of George McDonald. Many literary notabilities were there. Bryant, Parke Godwin, Stedman and the usual literary coterie with additions, many people I did not know. Gertrude was not feeling very well and did not go. I met Mrs. DeForest there who invited us to visit them at their country place on Long Island and urged me to defer our departure for the country in order to spend a few days with them.