Saturday July 6, 1889
Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, July 6, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Saturday, July 6, 1889 Another perfect day with clear rich atmosphere and delightful temperature. I went down town as I do every morning and got a very nice friendly letter from Weir from whom I have not heard in a long time. When I came back I went over to my studio and got my sketch box in order and after dinner began a study of the garden with the hollyhocks, which are very pretty now, in the foreground and the orchard in the back-ground. I sat near the old cherry tree near the wood-house and before I began my work I noticed that the drain from the house had become clogged and ran out where I sat. There is a disagreeable job in store for me. I worked until 5 o'clock and shall work on it again. I am happy when I am busy but a nameless dread hangs over me as soon as I am unemployed.
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