Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday December 15, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 15, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Lucy, Miss Carrie Wilkins, Mary, Cousin Nannie and I went to New York last Monday (8th) by the noon train. It snowed violently when we drove down to the ferry. I treated them all to seats in the Drawing room car and we had a pleasant ride down in spite of the storm. It was raining when we arrived in New York and I got a carriage and took them to their respective destinations, Carrie to the Sturtevant House where her father and mother were, Nannie to Julias apartment and Lucy, Mary, and I to Marys apartment. It rained violently all night and all next day causing such floods here at Rondout as had never been known before. The next day Tuesday I got a carriage for Lucy and she and the Wilkins spent the day shopping coming to lunch with me in the middle of the day. Towards evening I went up to Giffords room and saw him. He spoke of how hard it must be for me to come back to my rooms and for a moment I could not control my feelings. Whittredge came in soon after and later I took the elevated rail road and went up to Eastmans. I had a sweet sad interview with him for he was so thoroughly intimate with all our life and had such a love for Gertrude that he mourned for her as for one of his own family. I had sent for tickets for Richelieu and that evening Col & Mrs. Wilkins, Carrie, Lucy and I went to the theatre. Booth saw me, but as I did not know my way around that theatre I could not go to see him. He sent Henry down Wednesday to tell me that as Mrs. Booth was ill he would not be able to leave her to come to see me. I called to see him and he was most tender and sympathetic and soothed me as a woman would with the touch of his hands. I did many things Wednesday, many errands about the city and in the evening the Wilkins, Mary, Julia, Lucy & I went to Wallacks and saw "My Son" a very nice play in which there is a most amusing [remainder of entry missing]

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