Friday, Aug 31, 1883 The last day of summer has gone. So short it has seemed that we hardly seem to have had summer, the weather having been so uniformly cool. Julia and Harry Donaldson left for N. Y. by 11 oclock train. Sara came home from High Falls and with her came Miss Pierce and Miss Delay two ladies who have been sketching at High Falls all summer, to see my studies. I was at work over in my outside studio mending my old tent which I made to go to the Adirondacs with in 1852. I came over and saw them, showed them my sketches and looked at some of Miss Pierce's which she wanted me to criticise. After they left I went back and finished my work. Downing and I would have gone to Mink Hollow today to explore but my boil or carbuncle is developing and becoming troublesome and that will have to be delayed indefinitely. Wrote to Jake Sharpe and also to Stedman who has failed again in business.