Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday December 10, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 10, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Dec 10, 1886 Cold morning quickly growing warmer. Down to the Post office. At work in my studio where I remained until 3 o'clock when I took the cover of dear Gertrudes headstone over to the cemetery and put it over the stone. The graves lay white and cold under the snow and the little flag over poor Maurice, put there last May by the Grand Army Post fluttered in the wind, my mothers grave still unmarked but not forgotten. It shall be my first duty to mark her grave suitably and tenderly. Something sacred about this spot "Where all of them that time can wither sleeps and perishes among the dust we tread". Wrote to Downing this morning and finished "Tartarin sur les Alpes" by Daudet, a most amusing book and admirably illustrated. Dr. Kennedy has bought Edgar Newkirks place for $20,000 says the Freeman but I hear privately $17,000, a very good price. Privately I hear Etting Anderson is in negotiation for John McEntees place and also that Dr. Kennedy has intentions of getting it. All this is encouraging to me in relation to our property and it gives me great hope that we will be able to sell lots advantageously.

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