The men came this morning to put up the staff but a good part of the day was spent in fitting it and getting it together and this evening it is all ready, with the shears up, to raise it in the morning. I boxed my plaster medallion which Gertrude and Ma had promised to Alice two years ago, and sent it to her by express. Sara had a letter from her today and I read it this evening full of love and tender regret for Gertrude. Her letters are very sweet to me now. The weather has cleared and it is still and mild.