Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday November 13, 1879

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, Thursday, November 13, 1879, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sent my beaver skins to Pember & Prouty for sale from whom I had a note saying they were in good demand now. Painted on my picture and I think forwarded it. Did some work over at my house. I do not seem to have any enthusiasm in my work and my life seems to lack an aim. Dear Gertrude used to help me at such times with her wise and loving counsel and encouragement. How much that made life worth living left the Earth with her. I grieve for her a hundred times a day, whenever I think of her and I think of her so much. Today I gave Mary two of her dresses, one her gray striped silk to make over for Marion and her plum colored cashmere which she says she will have made over for herself. There was a beautiful effect this evening. The sun shone out from under a dense cloud with a rich red light and the opposite shore of the river was very beautiful. Aunt Christina came today for a visit.

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