Monday, Aug 16, 1880 Another cool autumnal day. I went to the Strand with my mother and found letters from Mary, Mary Gifford and Weir. Discouraging accounts from Gifford. He seems to be growing weaker all the time. A letter from Robt. Wilkinson this evening says, "I do not understand that the physicians doubt his recovery.["] Weir is at his brothers in Orange Co. and wants me to come there today. They are there alone. I wrote him I could not come and gave him the reasons. I walked out on the Common this morning and stopped at the cemetery. Victor told me the mason had made the foundation for the stone at dear Gertrudes grave. I was very much surprised that they should have done this without apprising me and before the stone arrived. On looking at it I fear it will have to be changed somewhat. To our great distress Maurice has gone off again.