Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday July 9, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 9, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, July 9, 1886 A very comfortable day. I got up at 4 oclock and worked in the garden until dinner time and accomplished a good deal of hoeing which was necessary to be done. It seems small business for me when I ought to be doing something of much more importance. I find on looking on the map Fort Fred Steele is in Wyoming 694 miles west of Omaha and at an elevation of nearly 7000 feet. From the description in the guide book there is an interesting country near the fort which seems to be on one of the sources of the North Platte river. Yesterday I packed up and sent to Mrs. Sawyer two of my dear Gertrudes blue muslin wrappers which Sara thought would be useful to her. They looked so like her and seemed so a part of her that I could in imagination see just how she used to look in them on the summer mornings when she wore them. I know she would be glad to have her mother have any thing which once was hers. Dear, darling Gertrude. How distinctly I could see you as I looked over the things which were once your care and which are sacred to me because they were yours. My heart is heavy enough tonight over the uncertain future. I worked pretty hard in the hot sun and presume a part of my depression comes from over fatigue. Marion and Calvert will probably come up tomorrow and Lucy and her family will be here next week and I hope we shall be able to encourage each other.

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