Thursday July 25, 1889
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 25, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Thursday, July 25, 1889 The cool and beautiful days continue. I went down to Borces stone yard and ordered a change in the head stone making the base 1 ft. instead of 10 inches and the stone 3.6 in high instead of 4.2. Passing along and looking over the creek to the ferry it looked so picturesque and attractive that I went in to Henry Abbeys store to see if I could not find a place to paint it from. I find that I can sit in the upper story undisturbed and I am going to begin it tomorrow morning if the day be fine. It is a subject I have always wished to paint. This afternoon I painted two or three hours in my studio on the little picture I began yesterday. At a little after 5 I came over and we got seven kittens ready to send to Harry Donaldson as he had signified a wish to have them. Three were the kittens of the barn cat. This poor thing has remained at the barn alone, reared her little family and provided for them until after I discovered she had a family when I have fed her since. Four were the kittens of the old house cat. She has five but Sara could get only 4. They go at 6 tonight and tomorrow morning will be in Springfield. Tom took them down all secured in a covered basket.
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