Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday May 29, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 29, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, May 29, 1884 Barnums great show expected here today. Girard the children and I walked over to the place in OReillys field just beyond our place and saw the procession start. They were at work in the night putting up the immense tents covering many acres. It was really a great affair and admirably organized. After they started we came home and I went down town to do some errands. After dinner Girard the children and I went to the show. There was an immense audience, I should say 25000 people and the performances were varied and interesting. The children were delighted. Mrs. Swan came up from N. Y. It has been a cold day, this morning it was very cold so that a good fire felt comfortable. The circus gave another performance this evening and in the night will move off to Albany. It is like moving an army. Mr. Wilmarth sent me today three of Swedenborgs works. I wrote for the hooks for the pictures today. We are hindered in getting the house in order for the lack of them.

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