Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday May 30, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 30, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, May 30, 1889 Decoration day came dark and gloomy. It has not rained but has threatened it all day. The day has been generally observed here and throughout the state. I went down town after breakfast to the Post office and received a letter from Mrs. Darley. Sara had one from Lucy. I bought a few flower seeds and spent most of the morning planting them. I was out on the roof before breakfast clearing the blossoms of the elm tree out of the gutters. I got up an hour earlier than I intended to. These elm blossoms clog up the strainers on the leaders so that the water will not run through them. They fall every where and spring up and take root before they are discovered and are a nuisance. I have seriously thought of having the tree cut down. I have been reading Madame D'Arbley most of the afternoon. I commenced "de Toquevilles America" last night to read aloud for Sara but my voice is so thick I am afraid I will not be able to finish it. Today was the day our new "Katie" was to go if she insisted upon it but she has said nothing about it and we hope she intends to stay as we are satisfied with her.

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