Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday December 26, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 26, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Dec 26, 1884 Marion and I went home on Wednesday by the 11.30 train. Tom met us with the sleigh. It was snowing and Jimmy and Esy Barnes came to meet Marion with Tom. It was snug winter weather but it was very pleasant at home. My father seemed as well as usual. We had our Xmas presents for the children and servants and they came into the dining room to receive them and were very happy. It was very cold Xmas day. I did not go out but busied myself making pencil sketches from our windows of the lovely winter effects. It was ideal winter weather. Marion and Miss Sadie Crosby went for a sleigh ride but found it very cold. Mr & Mrs. Lindsley called. They told us Joe had been there intending to stay some time but remained only one day. That he had made arrangements to remove dear Gussies remains and what was still more startling that he is going to be married to Miss Odell. I am glad of it, if she can be happy with him, which I very much doubt, but it is another illustration of his inability to be patient and to wait. I dont care if I never meet him again. I feel very sorry for him but have very little respect for him. I had a very nice letter from Laura with a Xmas card. I think this will be a grief to her. We had an Xmas dinner at 4 oclock, my father and Sara, Girard and Mary, Marion and myself. We thought of the absent but tried to be cheerful. I shall be glad when these holidays are over. They are most sad to me and yet full of the tenderest memories. Where will the next Christmas find us and who will have gone from among us are questions which will come up to us in the midst of our enjoyment. I came down this morning. It was very cold, only 2 above 0. Found my picture (the Kaatskills in Winter) had not gone to Wilmurts so I went up to see him. He said the man had telegraphed he would not be in until today or tomorrow and he would send for the picture when he came. I left Marion up home to come down on Monday. I made four drawings and mean to paint a picture from one of them looking down on the town from my window early in the evening with the snow falling lightly and veiling everything in a most delicate mist. It was a most charming effect. Went around to the club for a little while and then came to my room and wrote to Laura.

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