Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday December 28, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, December 28, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Dec 28, 1886 A cold and brilliant morning. I drove down to the Post office and mailed a box to Andrews which came here for him with a Xmas present in it, and also Saras box to Mary and her family. Have worked all day in my studio and painted two little sketches, one of the Veterans funeral I saw a week or so ago one cold afternoon and another looking across the river from above steep rocks I made on the walk with Calvert. I feel a little depressed this evening. What if my venture of the little pictures prove a failure? The time for proving it is rapidly approaching and if my real estate scheme does not succeed--but I must be patient. I got a letter from Mr. Sawyer. He evidently had not received the box we sent him as he does not allude to it. Mrs. Sawyer was ill and I feel a little troubled about her. Sara had a letter from Janette and Emily not very cheerful. I am afraid Janette is in a dangerous condition .

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