The Jervis McEntee Diaries - July 27, 1880

Diary Entry:

Tuesday, July 27, 1880 Downing and I drove up for his bicycle this morning taking the back-board to bring it home on in case he could not ride it. We went by way of Flat-bush. Poor old Billy was very stiff and I was very reluctant to drive him so far again today. When we reached the place we fed him and rested half an hour and Downing cleaned his machine. He concluded to ride it and did all the way home. He went down by the Baldwin this evening. I was sorry to have him go for he is a dear good fellow. I never met a young man who was more conscientious or who had a better sense of his duties and responsibilities in life. I sent my article to "Scribners" by him. He took his bicycle down the side hill and I walked down to the gate with him. I feel a sense of loneliness when I bade him good bye for it is pretty sad here at home now. Maurice is off again. Went with a horse and wagon yesterday and is not yet home. We have heard of him driving about disgracing himself and shaming every one connected with him. I cant get him out of my mind. I awoke at half past three this morning troubling about him. It would be well if I could dismiss him from my mind.

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