Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday July 5, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 5, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, July 5, 1886 This most unquiet day has passed and the last firecracker has been exploded. There was a celebration here with a procession. I went down in the woods to get a glimpse of it with the result of losing my eyeglasses. It has been very hot but we have not had the usual shower. I was glad to stay at home and would have been glad to hide myself from all the [?] and confusion. Am reading Harriet Martineaus autobiography. She seems a woman of remarkable sincerity of character as well as of ability and an aptitude for general affairs, still I think I detect a little vain gloriousness in her extreme imprudence and apparent indifference to praise and distinction.

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