Went home on Friday with the 4. P.M. train. Crossed the river on the ice in the stage and Tom met me at the Mansion House with a sleigh and took me up home where they were all glad to see me. Gave Ma her birth day present which gave great satisfaction and was quite unexpected. Saturday I spent looking over and arranging and reading Gertrudes letters and I wrote to Alice. I also wrote another letter which I have not yet sent and the occasion for sending which may never arise. Saturday and Sunday were beautiful winter days. Sara and I were invited to dine at cousin Johns on Sunday and before we went I wrote to Downing. Monday Lucy & John came to N.Y. with me. My father drove us over on the ice and we came with the 12 o'clock train. It was very cold when we left but when we arrived in New York it was raining a little. Lucy & John went to Marys as I did to dine and in the evening Lucy, John & Mary & I went to the Standard Theatre to see H.M.S. Pinafore which was a little amusing and John & Lucy came to my rooms and staid with me.