Lucy left for San Francisco this evening by the Erie road. They came down from Rondout this morning. I have just written Gertrude all the details. Took the baby and had his photograph taken at Saronys for which I am very thankful. Went up home Saturday. Snowed here but not there. Mountains white with snow and the Duchess hills. Came down Monday. Exciting meeting of the Council. I led the matter in regard to Gifford and carried all my points, repeal of the objectionable rule and that it be communicated to Gifford and he requested to withdraw his resignation. Ward, Brown, Richards, Johnson (E) and myself in affirmative. J.G. Brown negative but much mollified. Strange adventure of meeting a poor young man in the street on my way home from Council. Helped him to some money. Gave him my card. His name was McEntee and he was from Belfast, a fine, innocent young face. Fitch came in just as I was going to bed to spend his last bachelor evening with me. He is to be married tomorrow. I drank a glass of wine with him and we talked until midnight. We got upon Academy affairs. He sees with one eye. Gifford and the Century first, then the Academy.