Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday September 27, 1884

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 27, 1884, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Sept 27, 1884 Calvert and I this morning returned from Mr Rufus R. Wilbers in Mink Hollow where we went on the 13th having been gone two weeks. I spent all the time sketching and made a dozen sketches and three drawings. We left just as it was growing most interesting, the Autumn color having just begun. This brook is very rich in Autumn and if Calvert could have staid and I had not felt I was needed at home I would have been glad to stay ten days or a fortnight longer. It seems strange to say so, but there is something depressing in coming home. It is the taking up again ones responsibilities after a season of entire freedom from them. There I had nothing to think of but my work while here a thousand cares arise at once to meet me. Still it is more than balanced by the comforts and the satisfaction of being at home and with ones own. I found a telegram from Jim Warren asking me to come down to Monmouth Beach to spend Sunday with him. Marion is here but Laura left for the Cove this afternoon her father having sent for her to come there. He had hardly got back to Hillsboro and now he is back again. He is the most restless mortal I ever knew. I do not believe he knows from day to day what he intends to do.

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