The Jervis McEntee Diaries - February 10, 1888

Diary Entry:

Friday, Feb 10, 1888 Had a poor breakfast in my room at 6.30 and took the 7.50 train the Ontario & Western to go to New Paltz. Was delayed half an hour at Campbell Hall and longer at Montgomery. It was bitterly cold. Arrived at New Paltz after 1 o'clock and went directly to Steens Hotel where I met the delegation of our branch of the State Charities Aid Association at dinner. There were Miss Forsyth, Miss Shufeldt, Miss Van Larsen, Sara and myself from Kingston, Mrs. Wood from Rosendale, John Broadhead & wife from High Falls, Mr. Bryon from Shawangunk, Rev Mr. [blank] from Marlboro and Mr. [blank] from Esopus church. Mr. Lindsley & Mr Westbrook also from Kingston. After a good dinner we were driven to the poor house which we went through more rapidly than I would have wished, for lack of time. The new part used as quarters for the insane impressed me more favorably than I feared. It was clear and apparently well ventilated, but there were sane and insane in the same building and not nearly enough supervision. In the old place things were not so favorable but really better than I had dared to hope. We held a meeting in Mr. Saxtons office and then had to catch the evening train home. It snowed as we came home and snowed all night.

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