Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday October 31, 1872

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 31, 1872, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday Oct. 31 We got ready yesterday to go down to Fishkill to spend a couple of days with Mrs. Monell who has invited us a great many times but Gertrude feels very unwell and before the time came to leave she felt so ill that she concluded not to go. I went instead and returned in the evening. I found their new house very charming and I knew it would be. We had a nice dinner and after dinner Mr. & Mrs. Sargent called. Mr. Sargent remembered my having been at his house nearly twenty years ago with Calvert. When I went to take the train Mr. & Mrs. Monell rode along and drove around by Mattiawan to show me the library which Mr. Howland built and presented to the town. John McEntee went down on the train with me and when I arrived at the depot I found him there so we came home together. A delegation of Greeley men were at the Rhinebeck station when we went over to meet the Hon. Francis Kernan, the Greeley candidate for Governor. I was struck with the curious medly of old, venemous copperheads and the men who were faithful through the war. I fancied some of the Republicans were a little ashamed of their company. I am sure I should have been. I mailed a letter to Bayard Taylor at Gotha today. The weather has been charming for a couple of days. Today I have been painting and with a little better success than heretofore. I improved my little wood interior and made a little picture of a swamp I saw up at Hudson and in the afternoon took a walk over toward Jacob Valley. I get so lonely and melancholy when I walk alone that I dread to go but today I resisted the feeling and enjoyed my walk.

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