Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday June 29, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 29, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, June 29, 1886 Mary and I picked a quantity of currants today for jelly. The cool, charming days continue. I received a letter from Mrs. Steele today in answer of mine written in March. It informed me of the death of her sister Mrs Angel nee Mrs Livingston on the 7 of March at San Luis Obispo California. It had been expected as she has had some mortal disease for three years. She was a beautiful woman. The last time I saw her was many years ago in Fifth Avenue. We passed each other and each turned and looked back after passing and recognised each other and bowed our recognition. I shall always regret that I did not stop and speak with her. These sisters seem to have been very devoted to each other. After the death of her first husband Peter R. Livingston and after years of widowhood she married Mr. Angel who had loved her from her girlhood and Mrs. Steele says her marriage was a happy one in all respects. I remember some one saying of her during her widowhood that she was sure she would never marry again unless her heart were really engaged. It takes me back to my young days to read this letter from a lady I sincerely admired and who knew me in my early life. Sara and I attended the commencement exercises of Ulster Academy at Liscomb Opera house this evening. The place was crowded and a most gratifying interest shown in the Institution. A class of eight graduated.

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