Thursday, June 24, 1880 Painted my boards this morning and at noon went down to the ferry to meet Mary & Julia Gifford but they did not come to our great disappointment as Ma had prepared a nice dinner. Sara had a letter from Julia Dillon from Florence. It has been a very warm day. I sent my letter to Alice and the drawing for the Chicago catalogue to the engraver. Have thought of Booth many times today and have read again some of dear Gertrudes last letters. How wonderfully cheerful and interested in every thing she was to the very last ill as she was. I can never be too thankful that she did not outlive her activity or that she had no intimation of the change which was so near her. Julia spoke very tenderly of her in her letter. Nothing is more consoling to me than the sweet memories she has left with every one who ever came in contact with her.