Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday August 25, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 25, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Aug 25, 1880 It was very warm this morning. Suddenly a great black cloud came down from the North bringing thunder lightning and a violent rain which cleared about noon. After dinner the man came to tell me the stone was at the cemetery and I went over there to see to setting it up. It was successfully accomplished by four o'clock and is entirely satisfactory. How strange it seemed to see my dear Gertrudes name there. An ardent wish of my heart is at last accomplished and a sacred duty done and I feel a sense of thankfulness that it is so fittingly done. While this memorial is simple it seems to me in excellent taste and will so impress all judicious people. I know dear Gertrude would have been pleased with it and I have never lost sight of what she would have had done.

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