Jervis McEntee Diaries

Saturday September 22, 1888

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 22, 1888, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Saturday, Sept 22, 1888 Went down town and found a letter from Lucy. Gertrude had had a more severe illness than at any time while she has been there. She was greatly troubled. Jim her Chinaman in the midst of her troubles announced that he was obliged to sail for China this month and she is coming home and thought she would leave John and Jamie so comfortable with him to look after them. While she was worrying over this a telegram came from Joe Tomkins announcing that he would be there the next day. She will write again in a day or two. I went over to my house. The cistern has not leaked since my treatment. I went down in the new one and dipped out, with Tom to draw it up, the surface water which ran in yesterday when we put the stone in place and sealed it with cement and Tom covered it up. Then I rigged a rope up on the carriage house roof to support myself with and went over the N. side and put in all the shingles I could find over the worst places. There were not enough however but I found a few in the garret and went up again after dinner. I fear I shall have to get more shingles, but I know now how to get at the roof without risking falling. Sara seemed a little discouraged this evening which made me feel a little so. I think she cant help realizing at times how unsettled our plans are and how difficult with our limited means, it is to keep this house in order and how liable we are to have all our arrangements changed by others.

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