Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday July 26, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 26, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, July 26, 1886 A showery day. Tom and Henry cleaned out the well taking them until the middle of the afternoon as there were twelve feet of water in it. They brought up tin cups, and sticks, a Kerosene torch lamp and all the things children would be likely to throw in it, but nothing very disgusting as I feared they might. I nailed on the slats and the door and tomorrow shall get a lock and fix it so that nothing can be thrown into it. We had very hard showers with thunder and lightning after dark and the air is close and we shall probably have more rain during the night. I worked a little while in my studio but did not do much. I am plodding on in a wearisome sort of way, hoping there may be some encouragement in the future and pretty sure there will be trials. I am taking great comfort in the life of Sir Joshua Reynolds and in his lofty and sincere direction to his Art.

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