Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday January 16, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 16, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Jan 16, 1881 The mercury was below zero last night. Downing and I went over to the cemetery after breakfast as I wanted to pay Pat a small bill I owed him. The snow is very deep and the walking very difficult as there is a crust which breaks through. We went around to dear Gertrudes grave. The snow lay white and deep above her, and as I stood there an awful sense of her loss swept over me and I could not help a flood of tears. How constantly I think of her at home and how almost holy the house and the place seems so full of memories of her I loved so dearly. We went for a ride about noon, my father, Sara, Downing, Jimmy and I by the Roatina, Charley Livingstons and home. It was such a perfect winter day we all enjoyed it very much, and when we reached home we had dinner.

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