Saturday, Oct 16, 1880 Went to N. Y. by morning train and met Weir & Falconer at the museum at 11.30. All the smaller Gifford pictures & sketches had come in and the picture from Portland came today. We hung them all and I came up by 4 o'clk train. Weir was greatly disappointed that I could not go home with him but I wanted to visit with Mary and besides go to Hudson Monday or Tuesday to meet Mr & Mrs Sawyer. Saw Church in the station and went into the drawing room car and talked a little while with him. On the way up got into a political discussion with lawyer Van Eltan of Kingston which I regretted as I dont like to battle with Democrats. There is no use in it, and I get too earnest and excited. It has been like a summer day. The leaves are all gone from the elm and the maple in front of my window and nearly all from the linden. "Gertrudes Tree" the hickory enclosing the river view on the left side is a mass of gold. I never saw that view more lovely than yesterday. I saw numerous blue birds in the trees at the back of the home yesterday and one of the elms was alive with various kinds of little birds frolicking with each other apparently. I think they were getting ready to go away. When I came home I found all our people had gone down to John McEntees to tea and to spend the evening. There was a great Republican demonstration over at Rhinebeck. The Oswego lay in the ferry slip taking on the Rondout delegation and delayed the ferry boat. They were full of enthusiasm and torches glared and guns banged as they sailed away to the disgust of the Democrats.