Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday August 3, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 3, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Aug 3, 1886 More like October than August. It snowed a few minutes in Rome Oneida Co. today. My father had a little fire in his stove and did not come down today. I have felt unhappy. Marion and Jamie at the dinner table said something about a lawn tennis ground if I did not object. I said mildly that I did object at which they grew angry and Marion when I wished to talk of it said "no matter. She was going away soon" I told Jamie later I would not object if he wanted to do it, that my objections were on account of the confusion and the noise it brought which was not desirable as his grandfather had to sit on the porch. Marion will brook nothing from me. Her father indulges her every whim and I presume she thinks I ought to. I presume the young people will dislike me, and I am sorry for that, but I cant surrender every thing to them. Calvert went down by the evening train. I had a letter from Janette wanting Sara to come out to visit them. I wrote to Sara and sent her Janets letter. I wish I were more amiable and less easily troubled. I try to discipline myself in this direction but I do not succeed as I wish I could.

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