Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday July 4, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 4, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, July 4, 1887 Picked the peas this morning. We had breakfast at 6.30 so that Bowyer could take the train to Albany where he is to spend the day. Calvert Jamie and I went up to Coddingtons dock on one of the little boats at 8.15 and got home by 11.30 having had a pleasant sail. I walked down to the boat and from Coddingtons dock down to the camp along the beach and back to the boat over the hill. There was only Linwood Decker in camp, Downing, Grant & others having gone to Barrytown. Received a letter from Mr. Sawyer in answer to mine announcing my fathers death, and my father and I each received invitations to attend the Clinton Centennial Celebration. I acknowledged the receipt of the invitations to Prof. North and told him my fathers came after he was in his grave. It has been very hot today but with a strong South wind. I feel very weak in my left side which seems more helpless than usual. It may be from over fatigue. I wrote to Eastman Johnson. I am disappointed that I hear nothing from Booth. It is now more than a month since he wrote and I answered his letter.

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