Tuesday, July 6, 1880 Downing, Julia, Marion and Gertrude left this morning by the Powell. I drove them down, and this evening Mary, Marion, Gertrude and Minnie Coan start for Hillsboro by the Fall River boat. It seems very quiet and lonely here with the young people all gone. I accomplished a long contemplated job this forenoon. Cleaned out my outer studio building over at my house and got rid of a good deal of rubbish. Doing it I came across many things that we have had about us ever since we were married. I had to shut my eyes and not look at things for there were trifles there which could awake my tender memories. There were the remnants of a case of skeleton leaves which Mrs. Wheeler prepared for Gertrude many years ago and which we used always to have on our parlor table, and many things I did not dare to look at. I shall have to discard other things by and bye but I find it easier to do it gradually. I have begun to write my "Togue Lake" and hope to make a readable magazine article from it.