Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday June 10, 1881

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 10, 1881, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, June 10, 1881 A north East gale and rain storm were prevailing when I awoke this morning. My father says it has rained most of the time for four weeks. Wrote Eastman that I expected to go down on Monday or Tuesday. Wrote to Alice that I would send dear Gertrudes portrait as my present for the Golden wedding. Received a check for $50 from Houghton, Mifflin & Co for my drawing for Taylors Pennsylvania farmer. It has rained all day but at night there are symptoms of clearing. My mother and I played three games of checkers. It made me think of how she and dear Gertrude used to sit and play in the winter evenings. Darling Gertrude. How constantly she is in my thoughts. I feel her loss just as much as I did at first and I think of her with a love and a longing which nothing but being with her can ever satisfy. I have been looking over her shawls today to see if the moths had got in them. They look so like her that it brings the tears to my eyes to think she once touched them even. O what an infinite loss she was to me. I realize this more and more as I grow older. Sara went yesterday to see a poor young man by the name of Post who has Hydrophobia. Her description of his sufferings almost made me sick. He is only 21 years old and has been married only a few weeks

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