Thursday, Sept 17, 1874- We were all surprised today by the announcement in the Tribune of the death of Mrs Cook on Tuesday. Sara received a letter on Tuesday from Edith telling her of her illness and I felt a little anxious about her then. I have written a letter of condolence to Mrs Pychouska this evening. Recd a letter from Whittredge. He is glad I am coming up but the same mail brought a letter from Mrs. Church urging us to join them about Oct. 1 to go to Clarendon Springs Vt. saying that Laura and Mary, Mary Gifford and the De Forrests are going with them. I dont know what to do. Putnams sent me another block for a new drawing one having been destroyed. This is unfortunate as I hoped I had this off my hands. Sara & Lucy went to West Point. It has rained all day. Mrs Wood and her husband called. I painted on the picture of Mother and child.