Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday January 18, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 18, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Jan 18, 1886 A charming winter day. About 3 oclock after I had written to Mary Gifford and to Lucy[,] Sara and I had Tom drive us up to Kingston in the wagon and we called upon Mrs. Kate Davis whom I have not seen in many years. We saw there a very good portrait of her mother by the elder Vanderlyn. From there we went to call upon Mrs Sickles and her daughter Mrs. Hess. Mrs. H. was away from home and Mrs. Sickles was lying down but she insisted upon seeing us and we had a very interesting call upon her. Mrs. Davis told us she had passed her 89th year and she is still vivacious and entertaining. I had never met her before but she knew Gertrude whom often called upon her. We saw here a portrait of Mr. Sickles by Vanderlyn. Then we went to call upon Mrs. Fitch who was out. Then to Mrs. Clearwaters who was ill and then home, where we had dinner and after reading the Freeman to my father I came back to N. Y. by the 7.25 train. It was a lovely moonlight night, there were very few passengers and we came very fast.

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