Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday May 14, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 14, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, May 14, 1888 Bright, fine morning, the apple blossoms not out but ready to burst. The fourth Anniversary of dear Gussies death. The apple blossoms were out then. I wonder if her children thought of her and of this place. We thought of them and their unnatural estrangement from us. I was busy all forenoon fixing the kitchen door and knocked the skin off my knuckle first thing. The man came and fixed the stove. Put on new fire brick and a new grate. I did some painting and directed Tom in planting a second crop of peas, Lima beans, Nantucket pumpkin etc. In the afternoon we had thunder storms which finally settled into a steady rain. Sara went to Kingston but returned at 3. Mrs. E. Tompkins called to see her. Said Laura had written them she would be there between the middle of April and June 1st. She wanted to write her but did not know where to address her. She wanted to go to Philadelphia but said she could not now. She told Sara there was trouble between Mr & Mrs Lindlsey. That, as I understood, they had employed lawyers and contemplated a separation but I believe have [?] for the present. Cantine rode up to the station with me. He said he had heard all sorts of stories for the last 8 months, which he considered exaggerated and yet he believed there was evidently a familiarity between Mrs. L and G[?] Reynolds. That Mr. Lindsley was evidently in trouble and was greatly changed. What a pity. I have heard gossip for a long time but believed it only gossip and I hope it may still prove to be so. I came away in the 7.45 train. It rained furiously on the way down.

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