Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday April 11, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, April 11, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Bayard Tayor & family sailed for Europe today on the Hamburgh Steamer Holsatia, Capt Brandt. We went to Hoboken to see them off. When we reached there the rain poured in torrents and we had to walk some distance still were so well protected we did not get wet. The cabin was crowded with his friends. An arrangement had been made by the German Consul General by which we were to go down to Sandy Hook on the steamer and return by small boat. The rain made us hesitate but we finally concluded to go. With us were Haven Putnam & wife, Mr. Bancroft, Taylors two brothers and others with a number of Lily's friends. We went over the bar beyond Sandy Hook and when the small steamer came along side to take us off it was found that she rolled so violently that it was impossible to transfer the return passengers to her and about six oclock she steamed away towards the harbor and we saw no more of her. A pilot boat was signalled which came up but declined to take us back. The tide would not allow the Holsatia to recross the bar and she came to anchor and after dinner politely furnished to all of us we dispersed ourselves as well as we could for the night. The ladies mostly got staterooms but the gentlemen took to the lounges. Fortunately I had his overcoats and was quite comfortable. The result was the ship returned to Staten Island with the high tide and about 7 o'clock one small steamer which had remained inside Sandy Hook came up and brought us to the city. An elaborate collation had been provided the day before but of course it was not needed but this... [continued Friday, Apr 12, 1878]

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