Bowyer & I went to Rondout on Thursday by the 7.15 train and attended the representation of "Belschazzar" in the evening and again on Friday evening. It snowed violently on Friday evening and the house was not full. It was very creditably done however and gave general satisfaction. I have been very glad to be at home so long. The Christmas was not as happy and hopeful as last year but full of troubles and anxieties. I gave my father $300 to pay some notes coming due and told him that I was ready to remit our taxes and interest which was a great relief to him. The weather has been cold and wintry and today as the ferry boat came over towed by a propeller a horse and sleigh crossed on the ice above us. My father, Sara, Gertrude and I took a ride yesterday out on the Flat bush road and back by the Saugerties road. It was very cold but the winter landscape was lovely and tender and we all enjoyed it greatly. I wish it were so that I could spend my winters at home. I long to be there and am unhappy any where else. I was sorry to leave Gertrude who has rather a dull time there and looks forward to my coming as eagerly as I do to going home. It was snowing when I left but melting when I reached here. I felt forlorn enough to come back to my lonesome studio and instead of dining here alone went out with Hall and Gifford to Phillips. After dinner went to see Booth in Richard III. The house was not one third full but he acted superbly. Went to his dressing room a moment. Received a nice letter from him at home yesterday.