Monday, Nov 14, 1881 The carpenters today tore down the "shop" and the masons began the foundations. Judge Lawton called to see about buying the barn as did another party but came to no decision. Attended a meeting of the Literary club at Mr. Lindsleys. Dr. Van Slyck read his essay on "Man and the dirt philosophy" a very well written paper in antagonism to the "Materialists" or Modern Scientists and "Darwinism" with a proviso. Pretty deep water for our club and simply dozing to most of us. The Tribune today brought the announcement of the death of Mrs. Booth. Poor little thing! At rest at last. With all my love for Booth I cannot help a feeling of pity for her and of tenderness for the kind sympathy she gave me when dear Gertrude died.