I went home last Wednesday morning and returned today with Downing who with Fred Stedman came up on Wednesday evening. I left home with regret, the country to me in my present state of mind is so soothing and restful. There are many anxieties at home but after all I turn there for comfort. The winter began on the first of December the weather being very cold but it has moderated now. I always feel lonely and homesick when I return here and only look forward to the end of the week to go back again. Julia & Marian who came down from Hastings this evening dined with me and afterwards I went to the Council meeting. Perry introduced his scheme for a paying school at the Academy and carried it, the free schools to cease after Jan. 1. I opposed it but to no avail and I consider now that the Academy is to plunge into another disastrous experiment just as we are getting out of debt. Mr. Huntington disappoints me and I find that a busy energetic man like Perry can carry any measure he sets about. I begin to despair of the Academy and when I once get out of office shall stay out.