Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday September 13, 1889

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, September 13, 1889, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Sept 13, 1889 It has rained again a good part of the day, but the wind which is still from the N. E. has gone down. I went down town and afterwards over to Chester St and measured off Miss Bakers lot. It began to rain before I was quite done but I completed it and then went up to the City hall and saw John Barry and engaged him to come Monday to be at the sale to look out for any marauding from [?] boys, should there by any about. I had occasion today to go to the trunk where I keep all the things which I took out of dear Gertrudes bureau drawers when Julia and Harry occupied my room. I could not help noting with sorrow how they were growing somewhat faded and dingy being unused and kept in the dark so many years. There were many little mute but eloquent suggestions of her, indeed every little riband and trinket seemed a part of her beloved personality. There was a little box of buttons tied carefully up as she always put away everything she laid away in her drawer and there too among her ribands and laces and little personal adornments was the lock of her hair and the little box with the faded roses I placed in her hands after she died. After eleven years the thought of her last days and the time when the fact became realized that she was gone from me, came to me; it is with a sorrow that I cannot express and I hasten to get my thoughts upon something else, for when I do suffer myself to think of her and her blessed companionship these days and years bereft of her seem desert wastes of sadness and loneliness.

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