Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday January 25, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 25, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Jan 25, 1886 I awoke very early with a sort of sick headache which has clung to me nearly all day. Poor old Park came on to the front porch and barked early this morning or rather in the night and this morning I went out to see about him. He was lying in his kennel and I thought he was dead but he came out presently and seemed all right except that he was still very thirsty. I gave him more arsenicum. I was not able to eat much breakfast and sat by the fire until 11 oclock when Tom drove me up to the train. Something occurred at West Camp which obliged them to send to Kingston for a locomotive and it was nearly two oclock before we got away. Sam Coykendall, his wife and two of the younger boys were there and had to wait all that time. Sam and I talked in a friendly way about all sorts of things. Delafield a farmer friend of Booths introduced himself to me and we talked of Booth. He spends his time on their place near Stone Ridge and raises Holstein Cattle he told me. I saw by the Tribune that the Ferry house and West Shore station foot of 42nd St burned Sunday morning. There was a sort of frozen rain and the winter landscapes all the way down were charming. My head ached but it did not prevent me from enjoying them. The weather had moderated considerably before we reached New York. We came over the river in a sort of a freight propeller and were landed at 43rd St. I saw the ruins of the Ferry house on which an engine was still pouring water while men were clearing away the debris as fast as possible. I did not reach my room until 5 oclock but my headache had left me. Went over to dinner and Mary went up to see Julia Dillon who wants Sade to come there next week when she comes down. Came directly back to my room and wrote to Sade as I promised I would and also wrote a short letter to Booth.

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