Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday January 24, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 24, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Jan 24, 1886 This is the anniversary of our dear mothers birth day and she would have been 77 years old had she lived. Sara and I talked of her and were glad to recall the satisfactions she had experienced during her faithful and unselfish life. How many are ready to call her blessed, and what a memory for devotion and affection she has left. I wrote a letter to Mrs. Sawyer and one to Mary Gifford inviting her down to our house next week when Mary Vaux will be there. At 7'oclock Tom drove me up to the station but we found the train was two hours late so I went back home. It was very cold 6 degrees below zero I noticed about 9 oclock and very still. My father now when I leave him always says "God bless you"[.] Sometimes I fancy he is anxious about me and wonders how I get along with all the expenses, but I try to keep all anxieties from him. I am sure he feels more cheerful when he sees me happy. Sade and I sat by the fire and talked as we always do, and we let poor old Park come in who seemed troubled or ill. He was very thirsty and drank a great deal and we gave him a dose of Arsenicum to allay his thirst.

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