Wednesday, July 8, 1885 Took my father out for a drive directly after breakfast. Went down to the post office and then to Kingston where I stopped at Tolleys to buy some paper & envelopes, Then we drove out on the Saugerties road to Sanders and along the woods and home by Deacon Osterhondts. Pools of water lay in the sandy roads showing that a great quantity of rain fell yesterday. It was a fresh charming day and the whole landscape seemed to smile after the refreshing rain so much needed. My father seemed stronger and more vigorous than usual and talked interestedly. I received a letter from a Mrs. John Hutchinson from Ionia (no state mentioned) inquiring about my taking pupils etc. And a letter from Mrs Conkey asking for money to pay the funeral expenses of some Artists wife who has recently died in Brooklyn. Am working away on the braid and have now about half enough. I presume if Joe knew the trouble he has put me to he would be much pleased.