Spent Monday forenoon making a box for the ferns we gathered Sunday in the afternoon. Gertrude and my father and I went to Steep Rocks where I got Stills boat and rowed them up the river as far as the large ice house. When we got home found here Dr. Hare a Methodist clergyman from Newburgh come to attend a temperance convention. He proved to be a very genial pleasant man. Today Mr. Bates and Mr McSean also dined with us. We are having a thunder storm this evening. The leaves are mostly fallen from the trees in front of the house. Edwin Booth appeared in Hamlet last night and had a most enthusiastic reception. I had a postal card from him asking me if I had received the books and saying good bye.