Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday January 31, 1875

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Sunday, January 31, 1875, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

We buried Mrs. Lawton today. I officiated as one of the pall bearers. It snowed violently all day but there was no wind and it tempered the sadness of the occasion rather than added to it as a rain storm would. The snow was more than a foot deep in the cemetery and it fell thickly upon the coffin and the flowers before we could get them in the box. As we rode to the grave it struck me rather curiously that we all talked in light rather than serious subjects and yet I dont think there was one among us who did not sincerely sympathize with the afflicted family. Mr. Clark the Presbyterian Clergymans remarks at the house were comforting and in excellent taste. They have given me a great respect for him.

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