Monday, Jan 24, 1881 Very cold still. The mercury at 2 degrees above zero after 8 oclock this morning but very still. I saw the steam from the locomotive lying just as it came out nearly all the way from Staatsburg to Rhinebeck. Have been reading "The [?] St." by Mrs. Alexander for the second time. Bayard Taylor recommended it to me and gave me this copy. It is a charming story. Have also read "Kilmery"second time and am now reading the "Woman of Honor" by Ginault. Came down by noon train to N. Y. Sara and Maurice drove me over the ice. A beautiful winter day but I was sad to leave home. At Pokeepsie Major Wilkinson and Jas. Gifford got in the train and I sat with them. They are on business connected with Sanfords estate. We dined together with Richard Butler this evening at the Union League Club. I had to leave to go to the Council. Miss Ford was admitted to the school.