Sam CoyKendall came up last evening while we were away and invited us all on an excursion with the Officers of the Minnesota the training ship which has been lying for some time at the mouth of the creek. We left at 10 with a party of 40 or more invited guests and went to the top of Pine Hill where part of us visited the high plateau to the right and on our return tables were spread and an excellent collation was served. The day was cloudy and cool and we had a most satisfactory day enjoyed by all. Returning to Rondout about 5 the officers invited us to visit the ship. A tug had been telegraphed for and took us out when we were conducted through the frigate and left a little before six bidding the officers farewell as the ship leaves early tomorrow. I have thought so much of my darling in all these little pleasures and how she would have enjoyed them and graced them and added so much to their attractions. It seems to me I miss her more and more every day, particularly here when every thing reminds me of her. I cannot get used to living without her and I do not know what I am to do. I do not hear from Weir and can hardly understand it. I am very unhappy. On our return I found a letter from Mrs. Taylor full of sadness and one from Church to whom I wrote that I would come to see him on Monday. He is going to take his family to the Mountain House on Saturday but wants me to come Monday and stay until then. Church returns Friday.