This morning the thermometer is 6o below zero -- a change it is stated of 54o in 24 hours.
William has had John busy nearly all day endeavoring to secure the cellar from frost . We have kept good fires but our fuschias, wallflowers, and other houseplants were frozen. We have two pits filled with plants we value very much. There are two or three thicknesses of carpet over the glass now but Thursday night when the weather changed it was not covered, the lower side of the glass was thickly coated with frost. The wind blows keenly all the time. We leave the pit unopened for the present, hoping all will not be lost. Major Ephe & Lucy Dawes came on the evening train and will spend the Sabbath.