Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday January 16, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 16, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Jan 16, 1886 To the dentists directly after breakfast for a short time then to 42nd St near 7th Av. to look at a piece of property for sale the ["]Methodist Old Ladies Home" with reference to a site for the Century. Then down to Dr Bellows church to attend the funeral of Mrs. Carnes, Mrs. Churchs mother. I saw Mrs Church come in with Freddie then Louis and Minnie and "Downie[?]". I thought of the days we were in Europe together and the many confidential talks we had together, Mrs. Carnes having been a life long Unitarian. When the choir sang "Lead Kindly light" my dear Gertrudes voice sang out to me from the vanished years and touched my heart with the memories linked with her who lay asleep in her coffin before me and I felt that it is indeed better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of feasting, better for our sympathies and our tender natures. I wrote to Mrs. Church after I returned to my room. At 3 o'clock Julia Dillon came for me by appointment and we went to Mrs. Tarters reception to Fanny Lee. Coming from there we called on Annie Norton and found Freds sister, Mrs Curtis there. I dine at Platts with Collins, Col & Mrs Waring, Dick and Lizzie who has grown into a very pretty young woman. Mrs. Waring has grown enormously stout and the Col, bald and so we all grow older. We had a very agreeable, informal time and afterward we went around to the club where I remained until 12 oclock.

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