Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday October 16, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 16, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Oct 16, 1886 Have been at work sorting and putting in barrels the apples Tom has picked and have gathered the winter pears shaken down by the high wind last night. This afternoon I did various things after having put up my stove just before dinner. There seems an endless round of work and it piles up ahead of me in utter hopelessness. I found today our [?] school tax is nearly forty dollars more than last year $133 in all. I am being consumed with these endless demands and with no income to rely upon I feel as though an end to it must soon come. I am almost in despair as I do not hear from one of my pictures which are out and there is hardly a hope that I will. Lucy came home this evening bringing Jamie with her. She stopped over at Highland Falls and found him with a very lame knee from a fall. She saw Gertrude Tomkins in N. Y. but Joe and his wife had gone back to Boston the day she arrived in N. Y. Gertrude has not come here although she did last fall and we invited her to come whenever she came on. It is cold tonight and we will have frost for the first of any consequence. The tomatoes and the okra are still green in the garden, and there is comparatively little autumn color. "Gertrudes tree" on the side hill is just beginning to change in the lower part and the soft maple in front of the house is still green.

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