Sunday May 23, 1886
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 23, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Sunday, May 23, 1886 It has been a beautiful, warm day. My father came down and sat on the porch most of the day, but he seems very feeble and helpless. I think however he has seemed brighter for the little change and exercise and seeing us all about him, Mary, Sara, Janette Marion and me and the children who always come around when Marion is. I am oppressed with a sad and anxious foreboding consequent upon the uncertainties of the future and life has seemed full of complex problems which we are always trying to solve and yet getting no nearer to. I am comparatively happy and contented when I can see my way clear to paying our daily expenses and when this is not the case all our affairs seem ready to go to ruin and there seems no relying on the continuance of the regular, simple mode of life we have so far been accustomed to, and I dread all changes and have no heart to contemplate them.
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