Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday November 5, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 5, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Nov 5, 1886 Lucy has gone, and the visit home which we looked forward to so long is a thing of the past. Sara and I drove her, John and Sedgwick up to the 9 o'clock train this evening and saw them settled in [the?] sleeping car. John McEntee got off the train and came in to see them and rode down with us. Poor dear Sedgwick whom I have always loved and who is one of the dearest of boys cried when he took leave of us. I could not realize that they would not be with us again and tomorrow [?] vacant places at the table and the silence in their empty rooms will tell us of the change more eloquently [?] than their farewells. My father parting with them thought he would never see them again, but when he was told they hoped to get to West Point next year quite brightened at the idea of visiting them there. They will not know when they are to be stationed until they reach Omaha--and so another pleasant episode in our lives is ended. What changes may occur before we meet again.

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