Wednesday, July 28, 1880 A cool, almost autumnal day with the wind from the N. Helped my mother arrange the pictures in Sara's room. Went to the Strand after dinner, took a walk on the Common and went to the City Hall to see about our assessment. Stopped to talk with Mr. Staples on the way who has been sick with consumption many years and who seems to me near his end now. Recd a letter from Mr. Bachelder. He does not intend to go to Seconnet until the last of August. I will like this all the better if I can only employ myself until then. A letter from Downing telling me he got home all right about 2 oclock this morning and today delivered my Ms. at Scribners. Maurice is still away. Have not seen him since Monday. I wrote to Mrs. Weir this morning, whose sister Mrs. Grable died at their house in New Haven on the 24th as I saw by the Tribune yesterday.