Tuesday, July 29, 1873- This morning we raised the flag staff which used to be on my house during the war and hoisted our flags in honor of President Grant who came up by the day boat acompanied by one or two of his cabinet as a guest of Genl. Geo Sharpe. They came up Wurts St. in carriages and drove to Kingston where a special train took them to West Hurley and from there they went to the Overlook House. It has been a day of showers and has not yet cleared up. Sara received a letter from Gertrude today in which she says she will not be home for a week at least. Her mother would not hear of her coming yet. I read a chapter today in "I Promessi Sposi" and was quite surprised to find I could read it well enough to become interested.