Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday July 17, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 17, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, July 17, 1886 I worked in the garden a while this forenoon. A postal card came from Kurtz saying my pictures had not been returned to Wilmurt from Detroit as well as other belated pictures. That he had written Hanna & Ives and they did not reply. I wrote him at once that I had heard nothing, suggesting that Wilmurt take some measures to find out about the pictures and that I would wait to hear from him again. Looking over my diary of 1871 I found it was in May of that year we all went to H. K. Browns on the completion of the Scott statue. Joe and Gussie moved to Hillsboro. We sent the Steven children to the West. Bowyer, Downing, my father and I went to the Neversink for a week and Gertrude and I spent the Autumn in the Kaatskills and many other interesting incidents. Dear Gertrude. How I love to recall any of my life with her. She went to Boston for a month and I missed her so much and was so happy when she returned. It has been a beautiful day and we sat late on the front porch, Sara, Mary, Lucy and I (John having retired) and talked over the Hillsboro trouble. Somehow today has been peaceful and calm to me and for no special reason.

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