Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday September 22, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 22, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, Sept 22, 1886 Lucy, Andrews and Sedgwick went to Wilmington this morning. I drove them up to the train. The house as seemed very empty and lonely without them. I sent my note of $400 down to the Bank today and now am anxious to know whether they will discount it for me. If they do not I will not be able to go out to Arkville. I did something towards preparing to go away but can not do much until I know whether I am to have the money. O what misery to be so dependent. Sara and I sat in the parlor all evening discussing plans and wondering what we can do. I know so well that any thing I can do to facilitate my painting is the best thing to do that I feel. I ought to have no other plans. But the difficulty is to adjust every thing to that end. I feel troubled again but if I get the money then I will have a little release and will go and work at my art. If I do not then I must do something else. Downing sent my tent back to me today. My father did not come down stairs and remained in bed nearly all day. He does not care to leave his room nor to make any effort. He seems very feeble and cares only to lie in bed.

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