Tuesday, Aug 17, 1880 Awoke feeling badly. Went to the Strand and got a letter from Alice in Londondery, Vermont with her two children and one from Mary Gifford saying Sanford was the lowest he had been and the doctors acknowledged him in a very critical situation. Came home and sat in my room a headache coming on. Am reading "Ersilia" a very pretty story. Have just finished Miss Brenners "Home". The only thing of hers I ever read. Not very exciting. Quaint and beautiful, no more. Letters in the afternoon from Geo. Hall saying he cannot come, and from Alice Haysrads giving me the same news of Gifford that Mary sent. My head ached all night and I did not sleep at all. Another Autumnal day.