The Jervis McEntee Diaries - March 16, 1875

Diary Entry:

[newspaper notice "The Late William J Hays" attached] Attended Hays's funeral as bearer this afternoon. We went first to the house and from there to the church corner of Tenth St. & 5th Avenue. His body was deposited in a family vault in the cemetery on Second St. where we temporarily laid Kensett. I looked down into the vault. It was a horrid dark wet place. Nothing could be more forbidding. Poor Hayes will be very much missed. He seemed so closely identified with this building. I presume no one can have any idea of how much he has suffered for years and it is only reasonable to suppose that his infirmities of disposition are largely due to his wearing and torturing disease.

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