Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday January 27, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 27, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Jan 27, 1886 Another rainy day. Vanderliss called. Mrs. Winters sister Mrs. Shaw came to see me and I paid my bill up to Feb 1st for the care of my room, ten dollars. She told me that poor old Mrs. Winter is wandering in her mind and on Friday they are going to take her over to their house. She has not saved a cent but is in debt and she will probably have to be sent to an asylum as they cannot take care of her. Yesterday she wandered about the street and some one who met her said she fancied she had been sent away from here. Ever since Mills told her last year she would have to give up here she has been unsettled and I think discouraged. She has spent her life here and dealt with all of us most faithfully and liberally and it saddens me to think that now in her old age she is entirely dependent upon others. I am determined to do all I can for her and to get others to help for she was a mother to me when I was sick. I talked to Vanderliss about her and he was most encouraging and said we could easily provide for her. He is going to make inquiries to see what can be done and I shall keep track of her. I never so much wanted to be rich so that I might tell her I would see to her comfort the rest of her days. It has saddened my whole day and I could not get my mind on my work. I went up to Wilmurts and paid him $100 and arranged for him to frame simply the flower picture I am going to give to Mrs Cantine. In the evening Julia Dillon, Marion, Bowyer and I went to Mrs. [?] party and although it rained when we went and poured when we came away we had a delightful evening meeting a great many friends & acquaintances.

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