Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday November 15, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 15, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Nov 15, 1887 It was raining this morning and had rained most of the night. I finished my preparations for leaving and a little after 11 the carriage came for me. I left Sara very reluctantly not knowing how she will bear the loneliness there at home. I wish I were not obliged to go for each year it is harder to make the change. We tried to be as cheerful as possible and I drove off with rather a sorrowful heart. Gus. Reynolds and his sister were on the train but he is so conscious and so affected I did not feel like talking to him. The rain cleared before I reached town. I went directly to my studio which looked very clean and pleasant. I went immediately to work arranging, putting up curtains and getting things in place and had it pretty well in order by dinner time, curtains up, fire going and my trunk unpacked. Mary & Marion were glad to see me. Calvert & Downing came to dinner but Bowyer did not. After dinner Mr Parsons & Mr. Huss came to work with Calvert in the [drawing?] room and we sat in the parlor. Soon one of Marions friends [?] a Dr. Jarvis who staid until 10 when I came to my room, and [?] a while longer putting things away. The city looks bright and busy. I feel less depression than usual on coming to town, but I am going to work at once and hope to keep cheerful. The future is all in the dark but I hope not to look too far ahead. I wrote a note to Sara.

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