Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday August 21, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 21, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Aug 21, 1886 The same cool, delightful temperature. Every day I think I will be less irritable but alas! I am easily disturbed and give way to petulance and fretfulness and thus destroy my peace and serenity. I was irritated at Andrews this morning because he spoke as I thought somewhat disparagingly of Genl. Grant. It is much better silently to bear such things than to show annoyance and irritation. A letter came from Downing saying he was going to the Adirondacs about Sept. 1st for a fortnight and wanting to borrow my tent. I dont like to lend it but could not refuse Downing so I packed it up and wrote him I would send it Monday. A letter came from Tom McEntee. He heard Sara was to visit Janette and that I was going out to bring her home. He wants her to make them a visit and invites both of us very cordially. I also had a sad letter from Booth. He has been spending most of the summer with Lawrence Barrett--speaks of his remorse over the remembrance of his folly at the Academy of Music last winter and of his "domestic disappointments" in a way which shows me he is very unhappy. My heart went out to him in pity as I read his letter. He is a man who has always been full of sorrows and yet he has little power to rise from his sufferings, by reason of a shy and somewhat suspicious temperament. He needs a strong, kind and thoroughly truthful nature to lean upon which I think he has not found either in his daughter or her husband. His letter expressed his old regard for me and certainly I feel my regard for him strengthened in his trouble and perplexity. Tom our man informed me this morning that a son was born to him.

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