Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday October 20, 1887

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, October 20, 1887, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Oct 20, 1887 Sara went to N. Y. on the Powell this morning an excursion for the Industrial Home and a party from Hobart. I drove her down and a great many people seemed to be going as the fare was only 75 cts. Just before Sara left she had a note from Mary saying she would come up Friday and Calvert also if he could, but if he could not he would come Saturday. It was rather a chilly morning but promised to be fine. We had a hard frost last night and now (9 oclock) it is raining. I have been painting all day in my studio on a picture of a Shokan subject I began several years ago. It is about 3 ft. long. Sara brought it out when she cleaned my room while I was gone. I hope to make a picture from it for my sale. Tom today tore away the porch from my studio which had rotted away and become very ruinous. Dear Gertrude often sat there in the summer mornings under the vines and it gave me a pang to see it fall. I have been writing to Lucy from whom I received a long letter this morning written on the 14th the anniversary of dear Gertrudes death. I had a letter from Hall from Palenville last night. I wrote him a few days ago when I heard of Georgies death. Sara came home about 11 oclock in the rain. She had been at Marys and she wanted her to stay over as Mr & Mrs. Sawyer are to be there at lunch tomorrow. They are attending the U. S. Convention of Universalists. Mrs. E Tompkins whom Sara met on the boat told her that when J. T. was here he said they had decided they could not spend another winter in Hillsboro and he could see no reason why they should not come and spend the winter here at the old home! Mrs Tompkins was amazed and so expressed herself. Certainly this the vagary of an insane man. I closed my letter to Lucy with this information.

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