Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday November 9, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, November 9, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Nov 9, 1888 It rained all forenoon. After lunch it ceased and I went down town to mail a letter I have written to Mr. Welles. The news of Harrisons election is amply confirmed and the indications are that the Republicans have a majority in Congress. Last summer Andrews sent me a copy of Puck with a political caricature in it representing the Republican party as a poor sick elephant which has being prodded and told to get up and dance for protection. I kept it and today wrote under it "and he got up and he got them all the same." I also pasted upon it an extract from the Times admitting that the Legislature of Delaware, Johns native state was Republican thus assuring the choice of a Republican senator for the first time in the history of the state. I wrote on it "I received this copy of Puck from Fort Bridger last summer. I now return it with thanks. Frame it." We must have our little revenges. Some of the shingles and the nails for the new roof were delivered today. It will be a great relief to have this secure before winter. The trees are as bare as in winter, earlier it seems to me than usual. We put on the double windows yesterday as the indications promised colder weather. It is warmer however today. Today I threw into the fire a flannel rag from our little portfolio which I have used many years and which doubtless dear Gertrude often used and for that reason although utterly useless, I destroyed it with a pang. Went up to Kingston to John Forsyths to meet a few people to form a "Twenty Questions" society. Stopped for the Cantines but he was ill and they could not go. Dr. Van Slyke & Wife, Kitty and Ella Forsyth, Mr & Mrs Clark and Miss Shufeldt & Mr Cross were there. Walter Scott was elected and the meeting is to be at our house next Friday evening. We came home by the 10 oclock car. The mud is ankle deep.

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