Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday July 28, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 28, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, July 28, 1888 The wind is from the North today and I feel better. I am getting my things together to go to the Mountains on Wednesday. I have set down to cleaning away the branches from the side hill while the men cut down the tree tops and am going to have him cut down the mass of [?] growth which has sprung up on the edge of the woods. I had a letter from Mr. Morse telling me his school opened on the 27th of Sept. and he would like to have Sedgwick there at that time. Sara expects to go to Boston to visit Alice while I am away and she has advised me to send Alice some of Dear Gertrudes clothing etc. So she and I went up into the garret this forenoon where I keep her things in a trunk and we selected a number of things which Sara said would be useful to Alice and her children. I gave her a green silk dress with Chintz pattern which Mrs. Townsend made her and which looked so like her. Her Mexicanie polonaise and also the Batiste grey with purple strip, 4 Linen Chemises, two sacks, a red one and the black one she got on our trip to Minnewaska and recovered, two little red scarfs, (one camels hair) and three Roman [?] scarfs. Dear Gertrude. It costs me a pang to part with a single thing she once wore, for all her things were so a part of her, and I think I could give them to no one but to members of our respective families who loved her dearly. Now I have given away nearly all her clothes but I have many little trifles still. The day is not distant when we will have to leave here and it is better that Alice and her children should use these things than that they should go to strangers or be destroyed by moth. Dear loving heart. I think of her as tenderly after these long years of absence as when I first felt the sorrowful reality of her death. The world is lonely indeed to me without her, but I believe that we will meet again. It must be so.

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