Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday July 11, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 11, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, July 11, 1886 It has been a charming day and I am sorry I could not have enjoyed it more, but it has been somewhat unquiet to me from several little annoyances. My celery plants looked very wilted and I carried water and gave them a wetting. The children have been cutting about the barn and I had to quiet them and I have been worrying not a little. I am appalled when I reflect how I hate responsibilities. Still it is only the responsibilities which I feel ought to be avoided by proper wisdom. I am not idle nor lazy but I have no heart for useless work. I like to have my work under my control so that I can take pleasure in it. Now I cant even quiet myself to read having a feeling all the time that I shall be interrupted with some petty business. My father seemed very well today, in marked contrast to a few days ago.

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