Tuesday, May 1, 1888 A soft, gentle rain has fallen during the night and at intervals this forenoon clearing in the afternoon and coming off cool in the evening with N. wind. I have been at work at a variety of things. Mary and Sara went to Kingston on dressmaking interest. I attempted to repair the pump in the bath room and discovered the iron rod had rusted off, so that I had to take it down town and get a new one. Mary and Sara returned about 3 oclock. A letter from Lucy had been forwarded to Mary from N. Y. and she read it to Sara and me. It was an account of a talk Lucy and Gertrude had had at Gertrudes request in which Lucy with excellent effect and great tact had given her the reasons for our present attitude toward her father. She let her know that we were cognizant of his frequent unkindness to her mother and that she had appealed to me in her distress and that I while promising to shelter and defend her advised her to bear as long as she could, for that she never could regret. They have charged us with trying to destroy their respect for their father. Gertrude sees now and not from me how I have refrained from any thing of that kind in spite of his repeated [injuries?] [to?] us and to me personally. It will do them good and [?] had come to show them why we can never have any thing further to do with him and it is well that it came in this way. I came away in the 7.45 train and arrived here at 11. The weather had grown cold. Two cars of our train left the track just before we arrived at the station which delayed us a little.