Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday September 5, 1886

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 5, 1886, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Sept 5, 1886 A calm, cool day. I wrote to Mr. Sawyer and to Mary. Am reading Matthew Arnolds Literature and Dogma. Am much interested in his theory of Israels idea of God as "the not ourselves which makes for righteousness"[.] I think Humanity craves a more personal embodiment of Father, Creator, Director. I have read too somewhat in a volume of Canon Farrers "Eternal Hope" embodying the doctrine of the Universalists. He strikes me as a man of Religious feeling while Arnold seems to be a man of religious culture. I believe in Imagination, sentiment, the Poets conception and that we cannot conceive of Goodness and Wisdom and Love such as the Creator stands for in his Universe. I try to keep my mind from anxieties and to hope that brighter days are in store for me for I am capable of happiness and hope I may be given the wisdom to find it.

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