Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday September 14, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 14, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Sept 14, 1886 The wind has blown from the South all day with an effect upon me like the Sirocco in Rome, disturbing and unquieting me. I did not feel like going to my Studio and spent the forenoon in idle brooding. After dinner Sara and I with Tom to drive [out?] to Kingston to attend the meeting of the Holland Society, in the Dutch Church. Genl Sharpe delivered an address and Judge Hooper Van Vorst presided. A number of distinguished men were present, among them John Jay, Judge Russell, Judge Vanderpool, with whom I talked and others. Sam Coykendall introduced me to Judge Russell and I found he knew me as an artist and is the chairman of the Art Committee of the Union League club. After the services we looked at the Dutch Antiquities and relics and spoke with many people. We then went around to the Old Senate house and went through it, Mr and Mrs. Marius Schoonmaker having thrown it open for inspection. They have quantities of interesting things in the way of antique furniture etc and the house is most interesting and much greater in extent than I imagined. My father lived there when he first came to Kingston and there his first wife died. Genl Sharpe introduced me here to Judge Barnard his brother-in-law who was an early friend of Church. From here we drove down to the Fair St. Station where a special train was waiting to take the Society up to the Katterskill Hotel where they are to dine and pass the night returning to N. Y. tomorrow. The meeting seems to have been a most satisfactory and interesting one. We drove down and called on the Ludlums and Mrs. Tolles who is stopping a day or two with them. We also saw Helen lying upon her couch but looking very well. She spoke feelingly of dear Gertrude as the one person it was always a pleasure for her to meet. I feel better for this little episode which Sara was obliged to urge upon me.

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