Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday November 6, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 6, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Nov 6, 1886 This morning at breakfast Sara and I sat alone and talked [of?] the absent ones. She said she awoke with a homesick feeling and a [?] of the heart. I went up to Lucys room as empty as though they [had?] never been there except for Sedgwicks shoes and some little traces [of?[ their presence. They awoke hundreds of miles away from us with very [much?] the same homesick thoughts. I went over to my studio and got [to?] work painting two little sketches to give to Alida for her fair for [the?] Home and worked until 2 o'clock when it became too dark to paint. [Shortly?] after it began to rain and this evening is raining steadily. It is [?] but it snowed in Buffalo and Detroit this morning. Tom and [Henry?] put up the stove in the upper kitchen. All the roots are in [?] which I am glad. Permission was granted in the Common Council last night to give me the grade of Chester St. and I wrote a note [to?] Mr. Childs the City Engineer asking him to do it as soon as possible [?] and I sat in the parlor feeling the absence of Lucy and her family and talking of them. I read to her the first chapters of Hay and [?] Life of Lincoln begun in this number of the Century. Having decided to do the grading on Chester St I feel more hopeful thinking our fortunes may thus be benefited. I have decided to risk it and trust to luck to pay for it.

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