Saturday, Sept 5, 1885 A quiet day with brooding skies and a tinge of melancholy, rain in the afternoon clearing at evening with a beautiful twilight. Mary and I drove down town after breakfast to do some errands and at 10.30 I drove Cousin Rachel and Sara up to the train on their way to Kaatskill to visit Aunt Ann who with Jane is boarding there. I sat in the parlor the most of the afternoon with my father who sat before the fire in the Franklin while I read from my diary of our European tour seventeen years ago, recalling many events which I had forgotten and living over a happy past with my dear Gertrude. If it were possible to know that she thinks of me in her far sphere as I think of her, life would be robbed of much of its loneliness. Sara and Rachel returned at 6 oclock and I met them at the train and we have sat in the Parlor all evening with a cheerful fire on the hearth. They found Aunt Ann much better than they expected and very comfortably situated. I am very glad I had them go for I was anxious to know about her.