Tuesday, May 26, 1874- On Sunday Gertrude went over to Brooklyn to stay with Girards wife and Downing and I went to Coney Island. It was not very pleasant there and we came home early and had tea at Marys. Gertrude returned early from Brooklyn in order to prevent Mary from going over but she had been gone ten minutes. However she got back before we were through tea. Vaux and Dr. Coan had gone up to Rondout to spend Saturday & Sunday. Yesterday it rained nearly all day. We are in the midst of our preparations for leaving town and everything is in a mess. Bowyer came over last evening and I went back with him. Sara came down with Calvert. Gertrude wrote to Lucy and sent the letter and our photographs this morning. Mr. Secor called today. This evening I received a note from him asking the price of my Kaatskill Woods. I answered his note and told him $1000. Dr. Coan called this evening. Miss Stone came in today to tell me that she would take the water color picture and was surprised that I had not received the check for it which Col. Hay had sent me yesterday. She told me that if I did not get it today to let them know tomorrow. Sent Miss Stone's picture today and wrote to Mr. Walker that his picture would go tomorrow and to remit to me at Rondout.