Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday September 4, 1880

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 4, 1880, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Sept 4, 1880 Went over to Rhinebeck to meet the St Louis train which was half an hour late but brought Sara and Jamie. We did not get home until after 9 o'clock. Sara had not heard of Giffords death and was quite overcome when I told her. It has been one of the hottest days of the season. I have had such a kind letter from Mary Gifford in answer to mine of Wednesday. Gifford had told her many things in his last days which he normally was very reticent about. Told her how much money he had let his brothers and nephews have and remitted it[,] all about the money I owed him and wished that to be remitted also, placing me as Mary kindly said with his brothers. He told her he had always led a frugal life in order to have an independent old age and to be able to help a friend, and I am sure he would stint himself to help any one he loved. I wrote her a long letter in reply and tried as well as I could to express my sense of his generous and loving remembrance of me. He was a most rare man, possessing the very noblest qualities and was always helping some one quietly and unostentatiously.

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