Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday June 6, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 6, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, June 6, 1888 I went over to the Cemetery before breakfast to see the stone at my fathers and mothers graves which has been put up since I went away. It is very simple and substantial and is as satisfactory as I expected it would be. I am glad that duty is performed. Now I want to put one at Maurices grave and I would also like to put one at little Janes grave which has never been marked. It seemed very sad to me there among the dead, who were so lately living and active, this beautiful summer morning. In a very short time I shall be there too beside those we think of now so tenderly and regretfully. Laura is visiting at Ned Tompkins' where she came Monday. She wrote to Girards wife she would be there and would come up to see them and they have invited her to spend the day with them. Marion went over to Girards and dined with her. After dinner Laura came over to see us without any solicitation on our part. We had just finished dinner. Sara and I met her cordially and an outsider would not have known there were any differences between us. She did not bring her daughter Mary with her but left her at the Cove. Marion was going home today and Sara had arranged to go over the river with her and left Laura with Julia and me. They presently went up to Julias room and I went down to the shop to prepare some potash for the drain. When I returned Laura had gone but she left a good bye for me and thought she might return as she had only gone over to the Van Deusens. I rather felt sorry for her. It was a trial to meet us but we are all glad she had the courage to do it. There was no allusion to our troubles. I have been pottering about doing many things. I worked a little on the head of Gertrude but I doubt if I will make anything of it. Sara and I went to a little tea party at the Clarks in Kingston in their pretty new house. There were about twenty present, Mr & Mrs Cantine, Mr & Mrs John Forsyth, Kitty and Ella Forsyth, Chipp and his wife, Frank & Mrs Waters, Mr & Mrs [Searing?], Mr. Wiley from Golden hill, Mrs Van Styck, Kate Young who is visiting them, Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Searings mother. We had a very pleasant evening. Incessant lightning played beyond the mountains all evening, but the storm was so far away but little thunder was heard. We came home in a cab with the Cantines. It has been a hot day with a brisk south wind.

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