Sunday although a raw disagreeable day Gertrude and I went down to the Battery by the Elevated Railway and walked along South St. to the Fulton Ferry where we crossed over and returned to get a view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Then we walked up Fulton St, had a look at the Tribune building and new Post Office and took the 6th Ave R.R. home. In the evening I went to Bayard Taylors. Gertrude not being well enough to go. Met there Mr. Ezekiel who has made the group of "Religous Liberty" for the Jews which was unveiled in Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day. Mr. Encke a German Artist, Mrs. Stedman, Mr & Mrs. Morse, Mrs. Youmans, the inevitable Bloor, Mrs. Rood a daughter and daughter in law of Mr. Loyd Garrison. It has rained in torrents all day today. Went to the Council Meeting this evening. Submitted a paper embodying my dissent from the decision of the Council abolishing the free schools which at my request was placed on file. Came home in a pouring rain.