Fred Stedman went away today. Gertrude and I rode up to Kingston. On our return met Mr. Blauvelt and had a talk with him. He is wrapped up in his investigations in the subject of Christianity so I think is about to publish some advanced ideas. I have just finished John Stuart Mills book on "Liberty" and the "Subjection of Women" which has greatly interested me. I have not sufficiently cultivated the habit of thought on such serious subjects to enable me to discuss them but I got new ideas which are a help to me. Got up early this morning and spent an hour in the garden and after breakfast and picked 36 quarts of cherries. Had a letter from Lucy tonight. All well and pleased with the country. If they only keep well they will be happier there than any where else. Pa came home last night. He is not very well. I think his affairs trouble him. They worry me but I fight against anxiety. The mornings are sad but towards night I feel more settled and hopeful, so much we are misled by moods and circumstances.