We have had a busy week. I had a carpenter and a painter come on Monday and they have been at work all the week. The mason came also and repaired the chimneys. Maurice and I have helped and I have been as busy as possible with the painting. We have one coat on the house and hope to finish it in the coming week. Knight and his wife, servant & child came on Tuesday from West Point and staid until the next day. He is a very pleasant bright fellow. Mrs. Winter whom we had invited to make a visit came on Saturday with the Powell and is enjoying her visit. The heat has been intense all the week until yesterday & today which have been perfect summer days. A case of small pox has broken out at Gills house and from the carelessness of the people it will be a wonder if they do not distribute it about the town. The Bachelders have invited us to come and make them a visit at their cottage on the coast at Manchester and we have written them we will come about Aug 1. I wrote to Mr. Hoe today thanking him for the ten dollars he sent me for Mrs. Cross. Gifford who has gone salmon fishing also sent me five dollars for her so that I have sent her twenty dollars and received a grateful letter from her. I wrote to Eastman today and to Mary. Julia Dillon was here to dinner today and we have proposed a camp of our families at the Head of the Rondout for a week. John McEntee whom we went to see is for it and our plan is to go up there next Monday and pitch the camp, and have the rest of them come out on Tuesday. I have written to Mary to have her and Marian and one or both of the boys come too.