Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday December 25, 1878

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Wednesday, December 25, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Snug winter weather. The river frozen and the ferry boat going with difficulty. The mercury at about 12 degrees [?] morning. We passed a quiet delightful day leaving the tree and the presents in the room. So many of our family being together made it all most satisfactory. Mary & Calvert & Bowyer could not come but Marian is still here and Gertrude also, with Lucy and her children. Nannie sent me some lovely flowers with a beautiful note expressive of her happiness in the posession of the picture I gave them. I replied to it telling her how great a pleasure it had been to me to do this much for her and John and that my greatest satisfaction was to know that they were pleased. I find no particular record in my diary of last Christmas. We did not celebrate it and it was always a disappointment to Gertrude to let this season go by unmarked.

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