Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday November 13, 1876

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, November 13, 1876, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

I went up home on Friday 3rd and have remained there until today. The Presidential election has taken place and the result is still in doubt. While home Gertrude and I visited at Churchs staying overnight. Mary Gifford was there also. But I was not in a mood for visiting. I felt more peaceful and contented at home than I do here. Now that I am back the same disheartening feeling comes over me and I do not feel at all like work. Irving Putnam & Bowyer who were up on a short visit came down with me as did Gussie and Laura. We found Sara here at my studio and we all had lunch together. While I was at home I had to go up to Kingston and appraise the effects of John Vanderlyn among which were some things left by the elder Vanderlyn, but not much of value. There are some engravings which I hope will bring some thing but I do not know enough about them to be sure without making some inquiries which I have promised to do as he has left his three sisters very poor. It made me very sad to attend to this business for it seemed to me that it would not be many years before the same thing would have to be gone over in my own case. I feel very sad and unhappy now that I am here alone and only wish I could stay at home and do my work there quietly.

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