Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday May 29, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 29, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, May 29, 1889 I had a letter from Mary today saying Charlie and Mary had been there and Gertrude came later and they went with her to the exhibition of the American Artists where her Mr. Cranford had a picture of a girl combing her hair, conscientious work Mary thought, but not interesting. She said they are coming to Rondout. Mrs. Lindsley called and said they had heard through Mrs. E. Tompkins that Charlie, Laura, Gertrude, Mary and old Mr. Tompkins who is 96 years old and weighs 300 pounds and is helpless is coming to their house. Sara had a letter from Laura from the cove saying they were coming to E. Tompkins on Thursday and would come up here Friday, was not sure if Gertrude would come. They have been coming now for two or three weeks and have evidently put Mrs. E. Tompkins to considerable inconvenience. It will be a painful visit to me and I would be glad to be spared it. Mrs. E. Tompkins drove up to tell us the latest arrangements. Sara also had a letter from Rachel Carle telling her of the death of George Belden her husbands son. Poor Rachel. Every one she becomes attached to seems to die. She has had a great deal of trouble in her life. I wrote Champney today that it was necessary for him to let me know if his decision to resign from the Artists Mutual Aid Society is final. I also wrote Wood and sent him George Halls letter, to make inquiries about the death of Gilbert Gauls wife to which he alluded in his letter and asking him if Gill had returned the pictures from his exhibition. It is colder today even than yesterday and a fire has been comfortable all day.

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