Left home at noon today to return to N.Y. Jake Sharp and his wife and daughter with me, who went home to Elizabeth. We had had a pleasant visit from them which I think they enjoyed very much. Found Mrs. Weeler's, Dora's and Mrs. Custers cards and a letter from Lucy. I couldn't help a discouraging feeling on arriving here. There were bills to pay and just before I left home my father told me of school tax to pay and just now all these things crowd together to trouble me. I miss dear Gertrude more and more when these times of discouragement visit me. I try not to me troubled but I cannot help it. Attended a meeting of the Council for the first time this winter. Mr. Huntington was not there and I presided.