Sunday, Aug 9, 1874- Major Wilkinson came up on Wednesday and on Thursday morning he and I started for Griswolds on the Rondout which place we reached by way of Shokan at 6 o'clock. We went the new road through the gulf but found it very rocky. We remained there fishing on Friday but caught only what we wanted to eat and came home Saturday around by Hills Mill which took no more time and was a much better road. Our horse cut his foot going out and was a little lame returning giving me no little anxiety. Griswold and his wife after clearing their farm in the woods and living there 30 years are getting old and find they have to work too hard and want to sell out. They have no children and no one to help them and it is difficult to get help there. We had a very pleasant time but were caught in the rain coming home. We found Loeske here and Girard came up by the evening train. Wilkinson went home by the 6 o'clock train. Today I am spending my time watching apple theives with a gun which I propose to use with fine shot on the first opportunity. Hey! Hey!