Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday November 25, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 25, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Nov 25, 1886 Rain and sleet were falling when we awoke and have continued all day with snow at intervals and tonight it is storming dismally. We have had a pleasant old time Thanksgiving. Bowyer and Downing went down to the club house. Calvert and I took a walk through the wet snow around the cemetery past the school house and over to the railroad back of the Post farm and home by the North end of the cemetery. We saw many beautiful effects and suggestions for winter landscapes. When I returned I went over to my studio and brought over all my little sketches and showed them to all of them in the frame. They all were more than pleased with them, but Bowyer and I have so far kept secret our plan. We had our Thanksgiving dinner at 3 o'clock, Girard and Mary having come over and seen the little pictures. There were ten of us at table, Mary, Calvert, Mary, Girard, Bowyer, Downing, Jamie, Marion, Sara and I. We drank my fathers health. I wanted to propose the memory of the absent but I could not trust myself and only silently and longingly thought of them. We had a very nice dinner and were all in excellent spirits. Grant Van Deusen came over a little while after dinner. At 6 oclock we all except Bowyer went over to Girards where the children gave a little performance, dressed as little darkies. The rest of the evening we spent in the parlor with a nice fire and the storm going on outside, and so has ended a happy day.

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