Oct 28, 1874 (Wednesday)- I returned today from the Laurel House. Gertrude and I left home for the Mountains Sept. 22. At Kaatskill we accidentally met Church who persuaded us to abandon the mountains and go to Clarendon Springs Vermont and as I really wanted to go to a new place we consented, had our baggage taken off the coach and went over to his house to pass the night. Mrs. Church who had written us again to the Laurel was equally surprised and delighted at our change of plan. The next day we went to Clarendon Springs. In a few days Church and his wife and Mary Gifford came. Sara and Vaux had arrived meanwhile. Soon Mr. and Mrs Jonathan Sturgis came, Mr & Mrs De Forrest and Julia and Lockwood, then Walter Palmer and Mrs. Osborne. We staid there two weeks roaming around and having a good time at Mr. Murrays most comfortable hotel. The scenery did not interest me. Oct. 7 we left for the Laurel House. Whittredge was at Scribners where he and his family had been all summer. Vaux came up in a few days. The autumn color had only just begun. The weather was wet and cold for a time but later has been charming and the mountains were more attractive when we came away than at any other time. My father, Gussie, Lucy & Jamie and the baby visited us while we were there and Gertrude came home a week ago last Saturday. Gifford came home from California and he and Mary and Mrs. Wheeler came up for a week. Major Wilkinson Mary & Julia had been up previously. Stone the artist from Kaatskill and his wife were there during all our stay and Vaux and I left them there today. I have enjoyed my stay there as much as I ever have on any previous occasion and the more I see of other regions the more I am impressed with the variety and incomparable richness of that locality. It seems to me now that I never want to sketch any where else. Wrote to Mr. Ripley today giving him notes for a biographical sketch in the American Cyclopaedia.