Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday September 15, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 15, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Sept 15, 1886 Cool, comfortable day with N. wind. I got the hose directly after breakfast and spent the forenoon filling again the bathroom cistern. There were indications of rain this evening but it is warmer and I fear the drought will continue. Jamie went off to his school at Highland Falls by the noon train. He did not want any one to go with him and Sedgwick drove him and his trunk up to the train with the buck board. Jamie felt badly when he left as we all did. To him it is the beginning of his separation from home and practical life is about opening for him. He will be homesick for he is of the homesick kind, and I felt great sympathy for him as he drove off, remembering how I used to feel when I went away to school. My father came down before dinner and sat on the porch, but he is very feeble and moves with the greatest difficulty. I think he grows gradually more feeble and I look to the future with sorrow and apprehension. The time will soon come for Lucy and Andrews to leave and I shall be obliged to go to N. Y. and leave Sara here with my father. It all seems very sad and I look only to anxiety and sadness. I wish I could be hopeful but I see little to make me cheerful. The Freeman this evening had a full account of the dinner and speeches of the Holland Society at the Hotel Kaaterskill last night. They seem to have had a satisfactory and interesting time. All this will call attention to the historical interest of our town and I trust result in preserving the historical needs and traditions of the settlers. Lucy and I talked of the dear ones who have gone from us and particularly of Gussie as we were in the back porch and looked over to the little house where she lived and struggled with her trials and sorrows. This place is full of sadness to me in these anxious days. I had a short letter from Downing from Lake Placid and Lucy had a letter from Mary, full of her patient acceptance of her daily duties and hoping always for the best.

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