Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday June 23, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 23, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, June 23, 1887 It rained hard most of the night and poured this morning and has been dark and gloomy all day. I do not feel that I am improving. Reading in a life of Sir Joshua Reynolds in the "British painters" which dear Gertrude gave me for our wedding anniversary in 1874. I see that he had a stroke of paralysis when he was my age 58, from which he recovered and lived 11 years. He too was in perfect health when it occurred. I am very weak on my left side and certainly am not improving in that respect. I think the weather is very unfavorable and hope I will be better when the weather clears. A letter came from Eastman last night regarding the Santa Barbara property. I communicated its contents to Mrs. Capt. Anderson. Wrote to Mary Gifford. Jamie did not go to N. Y. this morning as it rained hard. The time drags heavily to me. I am disappointed that I do not hear from Booth, but I presume he is occupied in his disposing of his house. Mrs. Folant came to see me about her house. She has let the contract and is going on to build at once.

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