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Monday Aug. 26th 1872. It is a month today since I left home for the sea coast. I joined Gifford and Whittredge in Hudson and the following morning (July 30th) we left for Gloucester where we arrived the same evening. After staying a day or two at the hotel we got board at Mr. Abrm. Day's where Gifford and Whittredge had staid before and where we were very comfortable. I remained there until Monday Aug. 19 when I left for Boston to visit Mrs. Sawyer at College Hill. I found her entirely alone Mr. Sawyer being in Rondout. I remained here until Wednesday morning when I went to Nantucket via Wood's Hole to visit Eastman Johnson. Arrived there about six o'clock in the evening and found him on the dock waiting for me. I staid with him until Friday morning when I left for N.Y. I stopped two or three hours at Marthas Vineyard to see the camp meeting and the Cottage City. Went to Fall River via Middleboro and took the steamer Providence for N.Y. I had telegraphed to Boston for a state room but failed to get one and was obliged to sleep on a mattress in the state room hall. Reached N.Y. about 6 in the morning and went to Vaux's where I expected to find Gertrude and Mary but they were not there, Gertrude having decided not to come down.  Girard and I breakfasted together and we both came on the 11 o'clock train where I was glad to be again after having knocked about for a month, a part of the time enduring a good deal of discomfort. I don't think I have gained specially in health by my sea side experience. I enjoyed it but to be candid not over much. The coast and this whole region about Gloucester are very interesting and the whole thing was so new to me that it would take a longer time for me to get into entire sympathy with it. I made about twenty 

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