Jervis McEntee Diaries

Sunday April 29, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 29, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, Apr 29, 1888 Still warm and delightful. I took down the screen I put up in the hall last fall to keep the heat from going up stairs and as Julia and Harry Donaldson are to occupy my room this summer and I am to room over in my little house I set about the sorrowful work of removing dear Gertrudes effects from her bureau where they have remained nearly as she left them, ever since she died. It was a tearful duty and a thousand tender memories of her came to me as I handled these precious remains so suggestive of her beloved personality. I could not keep back the tears when I asked Sara in to decide upon some things I wanted to send to Lucy. I put all the contents of the bureau in one bureau trunk in the garret, wondering what would be the next change to follow so many sorrowful ones. I wish one could always live in the beloved places and never change until the interests of this life are done. I gave Sara Gertrudes Lilac striped silk she got from Madame [?] in Brussels and sent to Lucy by mail her black grenadine Polonaise trimmed with lace which Sara thought would be useful to her and I also wrote to her about this sad work I had been about.

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