Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday May 31, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 31, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, May 31, 1880 A beautiful day after the rain with fine cloud effects and a rich landscape. Sara and I went over to the cemetery where I set out some petunias on dear Gertrudes grave and we covered it with flowers which we took from my place. This is "Decoration day" and we found people already in the cemetery arranging flowers on the graves of their friends. There has been a procession today and a general observance of the day but I did not go to the cemetery for the ceremonies. My mother and Sara and Mrs. Davis went. Lily McEntee drove up after they left and spent some time with me. I was alone at the house servants and all having gone. I made a little sketch from the porch to try to get some of the beautiful color. The afternoon has been charming. My mother & Mrs. Davis went up to Kingston this evening to the exercises in Music hall. I have just finished Dumas' "Chevalier D'Armenthal" in French a very interesting story as all his stories are and have commenced "Noblesse Oblige" lent me by Mary. I feel like painting, like [?]ing how to paint better and it gives me new life.

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