Thursday May 17, 1888
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 17, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, May 17, 1888 Cold and grey. Mrs. Irving came to see me. She had been to see [the?] Christian Association people who questioned her closely. They evidently [?] as every one who knows her feels that she cannot be helped. I told her no one could help her now but herself. That unless she gave up this man who did nothing for her but to drag her down she would become a vagabond. She said some young woman wanted her to go into the country with her. There would be no pay but she would have a home. I advised her to go by all means, to do anything rather than lead this miserable life. She went away but I fear to continue in the same way. It is pitiful. I went to see Cary Smith who knows her well. He says nothing can be done for her. I am sure I dont know what to do for her. [?] letter from Mrs. Darley. I am packing up to go home on [?]. Church came in. He seemed remarkably cheerful and said [?] improving and felt happy and was very busy at home. I was [?] so marked an improvement. Mary and I went up to 59th [?] evening and called at Mrs. Mary Mapes Dodge's but she was out.
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