Monday, June 28, 1880 The weather extremely hot and dry, and the wind blowing. Most mournful weather in which I am useless. I have painted a little on a small portrait of her but with not much success. Sara and Jamie and Cornelia left this evening on the 8.44 train from Rhinebeck for Fort Halleck. Cornelia for Rochester. Cornelia looked very badly to me today but seemed to feel better this evening. Girard and I went over the river with them and put them on the train. The train was behind time and we had to get them on board in a hurry. Just before we started for the ferry a great black cloud and squall came out of the west but we had only a few drops of rain. I shall miss Sara very much. Life is melancholy here now at the best and it is much more so when she is away.