Friday, Sept 14, 1888 Beautiful cool weather. This afternoon I went up on the roof of my house to see how it was and found the cement around the ventilating chimney needed renewing which I did. The tin roof seemed in perfect order and did not even need painting but the shingle roof to the main house is beginning to decay. I am reading with great pleasure "Macaulys life & letters". After his return from India he made a visit to Italy which from his thorough knowledge of Roman literature and history as well as of Italian he was admirably equipped to enjoy to the utmost.