Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday August 23, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 23, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Aug 23, 1886 Mary had a letter from Calvert this morning announcing the death of John H. Platt on Saturday at South Manchester, Conn. What a shock to his wife and family. The first time he saw me after dear Gertrudes death he told me that when he heard of it, he never felt so sorry for any one as he did for me. So I feel for his wife for they were comrades as Gertrude and I were. So another of my old friends falls from my side, for he was a sincere friend of many years. It has been a troubled day to me, full of discouragement and apprehension. I took my father out for a ride to Kingston after dinner, but there is no pleasure in riding to me. I long for a release from wearing apprehensions and feel as though I would like to escape to some far remote spot where one would need no money and where one would be obliged to have no care and trouble for ones daily needs and fancied needs. Mr. & Mrs. Cantine called this evening, but it is with an effort I meet any one. I discovered the kitchen drain had become clogged and burst this afternoon and I have that to look to tomorrow, and so my days go by in kindred occupations.

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