Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday September 20, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 20, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Sept 20, 1886 It grew cool in the night and the morning dawned brilliant and splendid with the wind N. I went to work at the kitchen door which has not worked well in a long time. Took if off the hinges and planed and fitted it so that it works well. Meanwhile Tom went at the fence on the side hill and Henry helped him. As soon as I finished the door I went down and helped them and have been at work there all day lugging and putting and working much harder than I intended to. We finished it by a little after 5 and now I think it will go for a year or two longer. After that then something else. A long and interesting letter came from Weir. His father had had a slight stroke of paralysis and he and his brothers had been at work getting his brother Verplancks widow and children established in Elizabeth. The summer has been full of anxieties to him but he keeps up his spirits and looks or tries to look above these calamities. I also had a letter from Mary trying to be cheerful, as she always does under discouraging conditions. I am tired tonight. It is almost cool enough for frost. We sat in the parlor by the fire and my father did not come down stairs. I have not seen him today. I would like to go to Mr. Durands funeral tomorrow but cannot and could not get there in time if I could go.

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