Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday February 10, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, February 10, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Went home Saturday by the Wallkill Valley road which I found a very pleasant way. I began a little sketch of Carrie Wheelers head from a photograph in an album and got so interested in it I came near being left. As it was it was after three before I left here and the train goes at 3.30. Mr. B[?] and Miss Kitty Forsyth were on the train and also Edmund Eltinge and Tom Evans. Sunday I spent mostly looking over some of Gertrudes things, looking for our little gold spoons which I cannot find, and I wrote a letter to Mrs. Sawyer. I read in the evening some of my letters to Gertrude in 1853 before we were married in connection with her answers. My letters are better written in the main than I would have believed, and not as sentimental as I feared they would be. It was very sweet to renew the recollections and the feelings of that blessed time and it was most interesting to watch the gradual growth of Gertrudes love for me. These letters recall her to me so vividly as a girl that I find my happiest hours in reading them over and it seems to me I miss her more and more. When I see her dresses and all the things she wore laid aside as if to be put on again tomorrow my heart breaks to know that she is done with them forever. I shed many tears for my darling who can not soothe and comfort me any more. I came back this morning. Pa drove me over on the ice. It was very cold 7 degrees above 0 but a bright lovely morning. At Pokeepsie Major Wilkinson and Julia and Edith got in and we sat together all the way down. I reached my studio before 12 o'clock. Major and Julia called in the afternoon. Mary came to see me before lunch. I have painted all afternoon on the little head of Carrie which looks like her. Felt badly all day and about dinner time was almost sick. Mary gave me some [?] and I felt better this evening. Went to the Council meeting. Appropriated $50 towards paying Jessie Talbots funeral expenses and reduced the commission on the sale of pictures from the Academy from 10 p. ct. to 6. No letter from Lucy and they have not come as they proposed today.

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