Thursday, Sept 2, 1880 Joe and Laura started for home via Boston by the 11 oclock train for Troy. I varnished our spare room bed stead we used to have over in our little house to put in the spare room here and sent my store down to have put in order the one I had in my studio the first year it was built. Wrote to Alice telling her what Stedman said. A letter from Eastman wanting me to come there first and I have written him tonight I would and will leave here on Tuesday and be there Wednesday. Have also written Mr. Bachelder that I will go to Nantucket first. I have felt very lonely this afternoon and have been reading some of dear Gertrudes letters of 1876. The more I think of her the more I am impressed with her rare and loving nature and the more I feel how blessed my life has been with her. It seems to me there could not have been a sweeter woman in the whole world and while the world can never seem bright to me again I am very thankful for the happy years we were together and for her devoted love which grew from year to year and was deepest for me at the last.