Monday February 17, 1879
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Monday, February 17, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Read some of Gertrudes letters before we were married and mine in answer. I lived those days over again but felt an added desolation when I put them away and felt afresh her absence. When I am at home I cannot bear to be away from our room where all her things are. Day by day I miss her more and more. I had a talk with Lucy about her Washington visit, but she told me nothing I did not already know. I have shed many bitter tears alone while I was home this time thinking over what I have lost. Life seems so empty and aimless without Gertrude. Sara and I always talk about her and we never can keep back the tears. Came home this morning. Pa drove me over the river on the back-board as the sleighing is all gone. It is snowing now (4 P.M.) and I hope will make sleighing up there. When I went to dinner I found that Mary and Marion had gone to Greenfield to see Gertrude Tomkins. Joe sent them on some errand of his. There is some trouble there. Attended the Council meeting. I proposed some new seats for the galleries and Hall and I were appointed a committee to see about them and report next Monday night. Still snowing when I came home.
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