Monday, Jan 17, 1887 It snowed this forenoon and then turned to rain with the promise of the approach of a cold wave. I awoke with a head ache but walked down to the mail. Recd a letter from Major Wilkinson inquiring how best to proceed to sell Sanfords Claverack Creek belonging to Mrs. Bryan nee Molly Gifford and I have written him. Have been at work in my studio until it grew too dark to see on account of the fog. The storm has cleared and tonight the wind is blowing. I was shocked today to hear of the death yesterday of Mrs. Kate Davis. She was discovered insensible at her door one day last week where she had fallen. She called here only a few days before and seemed in excellent health. It makes one feel the uncertain tenure of life to note these sudden departures.