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me soon that they are settled at work so that I may join them. Jake Sharpe and Vaux came up last night. Girard also came up [[strikethrough]] for his vacation [[//strikethrough]] but remained down in the village

Monday July 22 Vaux, Mary, Gertrude, Marian Long Stoddard and I went up to Church's by the 10.40 train and returned in the evening. It was a magnificent day, the wind blowing freshly from the North. After a nice dinner at his little cottage we went up to his new house which approachs completion. The upper story is plastered and I believe they intend to get into it this fall. It is certainly a beautiful house and commands one of the finest views of River & Mountain in the country. Church devotes nearly his whole time to building his house, and with his peculiar talent has produced a satisfactory result. The color of the house on the outside by the judicious use of colored bricks with the stone is very harmonious and agreeable. It looks like an artists work.

Tuesday July 23. I wrote to Julia Wilkinson at Hudson today to see if she could give me Giffords address. It has been a cool solemn day with dark brooding clouds. Gertrude, the children and I took a walk over to the View after dinner.

Friday July 26. My letter to Julia Wilkinson was answered by Gifford who fortunately had not gone. He wrote me that Whittredge was to come from to Hudson either on Thursday or Monday and they would leave the following day. Next day I received a telegram saying Whittredge would arrive on Monday and that they would expect me Monday. I announced immediately that I would join them on Monday. [[strikethrough]] Hume [[/strikethrough]] I spent a good part of yesterday packing my traps. My father and Sara went to the Overlook by the 3 o'clock train. Today it is raining and I dare say they wish themselves home. Julia Dillon sailed for Europe on Wednesday. I received a letter from Mrs. Winter today 

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