Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday June 29, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 29, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, June 29, 1880 Have done many things today. Took the wagon down to the shop this morning and went after it again this evening. My frames came from N. Y. and I spent a part of the day fitting the pictures in them and hanging them. I hung the "Song of Summer" over the mantel piece in our room, Loops portrait of Gertrude on one side of it and my portrait of her on the other side. Loops drawing of her I hung at the head of my bed. They are all where I can see them the first thing when I awake and always when I come to our room. I carried my "boards" for painting on over to my studio and assisted Josephine with some matters there. I began a letter to Sade who tonight has put many miles between her and us. The Tribune brought an account of the burning of the "Sewahnaka" near Randalls island, a frightful disaster whereby at least fifty lives were lost by burning and drowning. All these things will have a dreadful effect on Mrs. Booth. They are to sail tomorrow. I have not heard from Booth and I did not know how to write to him. I hoped to have a letter from him before he sailed. I wonder how the poor fellow is feeling. All these sorrows and misfortunes of others ought to show me how much happier I ought to be than many people and I try to be content but cannot help great depression and loneliness. I hope we will hear from Sade tomorrow.

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