Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday July 16, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 16, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, July 16, 1889 It was rather lonely to sit at table today without Sara, but I have kept busy about something all day. I went down town and on my way stopped to consult Mr. Kent about a head stone for Maurices grave as to the expense. It has been a cool lovely day. I took my things to the upper part of the carriage house hoping to get another sketch of a sky but did not get a good opportunity although there were really fine skies. I wish I had some open elevated place where I could see all around. We have so many trees now it is difficult to see the skies with. I went up to my room but it was difficult to do any thing from there and so I did not get a sketch. I made a small door in the large front door of the barn like the one I made in the back door and towards evening I picked a basket of vegetables which I had Tom take to the Industrial home. I read in my Journal of 1883 and was struck with my cheerful and hopeful feeling, although I had had troubles and perplexities, but I was eager to work. It was the fall my Mother died and Downing and I had been camping out on the mountains and I had done a great deal of work and my pictures were selling. I had a stimulus and encouragement which I do not seem to have now, and I was well and sound in body which alas! I am not now. For three or four days I have had that giddy and shaky sensation which seemed to have left me for a little. I am reading Thackerays English Humorists in the intervals of [Frith?].

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