Thursday October 24, 1878
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, October 24, 1878, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
This has been a lovely day. I have busied myself most of this day doing some things for Sedgewick. Toward evening I felt a disposition to be alone and came to my room. Gertrude's photographs as she appeared in Esther and in Belshazzar seem wonderfully like her, particularly the Esther which looks as she did one night before its performance when I came up from New York and found them all busy with the costumes I sent up and she dressed and very interested and animated about their arrangement. I have felt a bewildering sense of her absence this afternoon. I wonder if this will increase as time goes on. I have feared that it may. It is still and cold tonight and I am afraid we shall have frost. I picked some lovely morning glories today as I have every day since she died. I set a beautiful vase of them before her the day she died and we placed them about her in her coffin and on it. I shall always have a deeper love for these delicate flowers which were always my favorites. I received a letter from Hubbard in Connecticut.
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