Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday June 30, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 30, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, June 30, 1887 Sara was with my father last night. She called me at 5 oclock this morning telling me she thought he was near his end. I found he had failed very perceptibly but he knew me and could ask, but with great difficulty for water. Very restless while awake and handling the bed clothes and occasionally putting his hand to the back of his head, but when I asked him if he felt badly he replied no. He died at 8.50 very easily and without a struggle gradually breathing away the feeble flame of his life. Sara, Jamie Andrews and I were present. I have just come from seeing the Undertaker. I also saw John McEntee and Girard and have been to the Cemetery to see about the grave. We are to have no hearse but will have him carried to his rest by Tom, Henry, John's man Frederick, and Chris Leonard. Have telegraphed Mary and written Lucy. Will write to Gertrude Tomkins as soon as Mary comes. Laura is in England and I am under no obligation to acquaint Joe of the event. Mary came up this afternoon at 6 by the West Shore train and it is a great comfort to have her here.

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