Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday October 17, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 17, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Oct 17, 1886 We had a hard frost last night and this morning the mercury stood at 25 degrees. I covered the geraniums in the garden in the evening with newspapers and today dug them up and hung them in the cellar. It has been cold and grey most of the day and has sprinkled a little. I sat in the parlor in front of the fire alone most of the time as Lucy was in her room with Jamie who stays in bed with his lame knee. Dr. Win. Crispell came and examined it today and thought it not serious. We spent a part of the time with my father in his room which he does not leave while the weather is so cold. Cantine came up to see my pictures. Mrs. C. was to come but was not well. He brought his little girl who was very lively and inclined to investigate every thing. We went over to my studio, Sara with us, after 4 but the day was dark and there was no light. Girard took tea with us and he and Jimmy spent the evening with us. We all sat in the parlor Lucy and Sara with us. I cant bear to be alone. Cant compose my mind to read and in short my anxieties have too strong a hold upon me. I am discouraged but I know so well that if I could sell something and have the feeling that some money was coming in I would be contented. I want to be painting and shall get at it as soon as I can. I made a little fire in my stove this afternoon.

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