Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday December 23, 1886

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

Thursday, Dec 23, 1886 We awoke to a magnificent winter morning. A mist had frozen on the branches and the sun shone through a brilliant haze. After breakfast I took Mr. Brace out for a drive. We went around by the Alms House, though Kingston and to the West Shore Station in time for him to take the 10.45 train for Kaatskill. He evidently had enjoyed his little visit as we did and seemed to be much impressed with the charms of our place as well as the surrounding country. I drove down to Rondout and returned home when Sara and I went to work to get a box of Xmas things ready for Mrs. Weir and another for Dr. Sawyer. In the Weirs we put pears, Spatzenburgh apples, Walnuts, a box of honey, a box of Molasses Candy of various sorts a box of Crollers and a little bottle of Cherry Bounce. We put about the same things in the College Hill box and when they were all ready and marked I drove down to the Express office with them and paid the charges 75 cents for each. Sara also sent a little box by mail to Janette & Miss Warren and a little scarf to Katie Stouse. I received a rather amusing letter from Dr. Taylor. When I returned I went over to my studio and completed the sign which I hope to put up tomorrow. Tonight it is snowing and a cold wave is predicted.

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