Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday September 16, 1886

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

Thursday, Sept 16, 1886 We had a refreshing rain in the night and it was raining this morning and has rained gently all day. I got ready soon after breakfast and burned out the sitting room chimney and the dining room chimney, an annual job I have been dreading all summer as I am obliged to move both the heavy Franklins out into the room. Neither chimney was very foul but I am glad enough to have this work off my mind. I paid Tom his monthly wages $25 and sent $2.50 to the Leader which pays up to next March. A postal card came from Kurtz telling me my picture "Fickle Skies of Autumn["] had just arrived (Sept 13th) and he had hung it on the line in a good light and would do his best to sell it. It is warm and close tonight with indications of more rain. The cistern I mended seems to be perfectly tight to my great satisfaction. The sale of a picture now would brighten my horizon as my bank account is very low. My spirits rise or fall with that barometer. Mrs. Genl. Samson who died in Newport was buried in the cemetery at 10 o'clock this morning. Sara would have gone but for the rain. I think she was the last one of her family, and her last days I understand were sad ones.

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