Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday November 10, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 10, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Nov 10, 1886 Sara and I went at the parlor after breakfast, took every thing out, wiped off all the furniture, books etc. and put the carpet down and had it all finished and every thing back in its place before 4 oclock. We moved the piano to its old place in the corner of the room and the bookshelves where the piano stood, which I like much better. We talked of the many times we had done this, how Gertrude took her in and showed her all we had done the first time we put the carpet down in 1876 I think, and how Maurice and I did it all one year. Every thing we do in this dear old house awakens a thousand tender memories. I wish we could always stay here and sometimes I hope some good fortune will arrive to enable us to do so. Sara had letters from Janette and Emily today, very cheery and hopeful. I wrote to Jake Sharpe this evening. It rained a little this forenoon and this evening there was a most lovely moonlight effect.

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