Monday, Dec 27, 1880 Came down to N. Y. by noon train. Mr. Blauvelt sat beside me as far as Pokeepsie. He always seems to be impressed with a sense of my importance and is always most kind and friendly. Mrs. Gifford was in the car and we sat together from Pokeepsie and talked of Sanford and Gertrude. I ventured to ask her how she felt about the future state since she told me she believed she would be with Sanford there. I said you have been married twice. She answered that Sanford had completely obliterated Mr. Canfield her first husband and she only spoke of him respectfully and not with any deep love. I always feel badly on leaving home. It seems like coming away from dear Gertrude for I feel to be nearer her there than any where else. The drawing class met at Marys and I spent the evening there. There is a wrangle in the Park board as to whether Vaux or Olmstead should be appointed superintendent.