for Europe, her lover and Mr. Stratton. Much of foliage on way to NY thro’ Conn very fine yet. A wet day. 2nd growth pine ab. 30 yrs old, being made into tubs, pails, etc. at Worcester. Go to Albemarle Hotel, arrive after dark, fine champagne supper with Sargent. Mr. Stratton, Miss Molly Sargent and her l. Mr. Jay. Albemarle a small but expensive and convenient house. [Oct 27]. Molly goes cheerily, her l forlorn; teases him by inviting me to ship to see Molly off, taking his place in carriage; amusing half earnest talk with Jay, advising him to run away and leave all; ropes would not hold me, I said. Lunched with Sargent and Stratton, fine wilderness for town, heartily appreciated by rich and poor; curious monkey like gravity of expression on driver and footmen of rich; 2 great stiff formal brilliantly buttoned monkey men and two docked massive horses, one little weakly woman or girl rolling in big capacious carriage. Squirrels gray, very numerous and tame, close along and on roads, frisking, eating nuts, playing, fed by passers; charming effect. Put on car and reach Century Office at 5 P.M. Go home with Johnson to dinner; walk, all trains overcrowded, elevated rushing overhead every minute; Johnson taking me to jail he said. Met Miss Paton at dinner. Johnson takes me back to hotel. [Oct 28]. Lunch with Johnson at Players, correct proof of birds P.M. and evening writing letters, etc. Sargent comes in at 7, dresses and goes to big dinner. I write in his room until his return at 11:30 P.M. He complains of Grippe effects but says he’ll be ready to start for Florida next week. [Oct 29]. Breakfast with Sargent and go to Fourbrook farm with Gilder by 9 A.M. train. Pass thro’ charming scenery along Housatonic R in the famous Berkshire Hills; colors of foliage fading, yet grand in mass, brown, red and good deal of yellow; all the hills feathered to top. On acct
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