Friday, Sept 23, 1881 Sara and I returned from Boston via Hoosac Tunnel. The celebration of Mr & Mrs. Sawyers golden wedding occurred on Wednesday 21st. The Murray Club of Boston requested to assume the management and all the expense and President Capen of the college placed his large house at their service. It was a most interesting and satisfactory affair. I gave them dear Gertrudes portrait and all who know her thought it very like her. Fred & his wife and child, Tom and his wife and child and Oscar was there. Thursday I went to Bexford and spent the night with Mr. Bachelder and met Sara and the Fitchburg depot on Friday morning when we came home. It was a very hot day and the getting home from Albany by a way train was very tedious. As we approached Rhinebeck the morning we left home we saw the flag at half mast and knew the President was dead and at rest at last. Genl Sharpe went up with us as far as Hudson where we got off and spend an hour or two with old Mr. & Mrs. Gifford before it was time to take the train for Chatham.