Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday June 19, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 19, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, June 19, 1884 Went down town and brought up the pictures which I had sent for from my studio. Woods portrait of Gertrude, the Ariadne and Mrs Siddons & Van Dyke and the other framed photographs. Sara and my father left for Oneida Co. by the 11 o'clock West Shore train. I took them up Girard and Charlie going along with me. It has been a pretty hot day. They were to arrive at Clarks Mills about 5 o'clock. My father just before he left received a letter from Mrs. Orson Wells of North Adams. She is I think 86 years old. He has been looking forward with great interest to this trip as the last one he will ever take out there but I hope it may not be. I am left alone here in the house and if I had not kept busy every minute it would have been sad enough. We had a much needed shower this afternoon. I had the little boys, Girard and Charlie over here and entertained them on the front porch for some time. I had a letter from Mrs. Sawyer this morning from Londonderry Vt. where she has gone for a time. She seems to feel pretty sad and their old age gives them little relief from the struggles of life. How little we know how to live so that our old age shall be cheerful and free from anxieties. John and Nannie came up to Girards this evening and I went over there. They have invited me to dinner on Sunday. I know that a great deal of my unhappiness comes from apprehension regarding our money matters. I am always pretty cheerful when I see the way clear in that direction. I went over to the cemetery this evening after tea. The flowers are doing pretty well and our lot does not look neglected and uncared for.

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