Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday January 27, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, January 27, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Jan 27, 1887 Very cold last night--5 degrees below zero at 8 oclock. I awoke with a head ache which has continued most of the day. Went down to the post office but got nothing. I am getting out of patience and shall go to New York on Monday and see what is to be done there. The day has been bright and still and cold. Sara went and invited Alida Van Deusen[,] Mrs. Gillis, Mrs. Dr. Smith and her little boy and Miss Nettie Dulors to ride. At 2 oclock we started and drove over the river to Rhinebeck Village, then went up to the post road a mile or so, crossed over to the river road and home through the Strand. A dozen ice boats were out intending to sail a race but there was not enough wind. I was glad to get back. My head ached, aggravated by the cold and I have stuck close to the fire all evening. Sara said my father seemed to feel very sad today and when she went into his room this evening she thought he had been shedding tears. I wonder if the pangs of memory touch him as keenly as when he was more vigorous. He has been remarkably cheerful now for a long time.

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