Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday April 28, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, April 28, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Apr 28, 1890 We were all up an hour too early caused by a bell ringing at 5 which usually rings at 6 and breakfast was ready at 6. Downing and his assistant got off in ample time. Now he has made arrangements to have his breakfast so as to get off by the 6.20 boat but our woman Lucy who has been washing today and busy every moment all day gives signs of not coming to [?]. Downing did not think of that aspect of the case. It has been a beautiful day with a tender, delicate atmosphere and yet cool enough for a little fire in the house. I went down town and ordered the dinner but it did not come and caused us a good deal of annoyance as we had to send for meat and meanwhile the first ordered came making double expense with all the trouble. I saw by the Freeman this evening that Eltinge Anderson has bought the Crane place in spite of what he told Girard. These sharp men never say what they mean, or rather mean what they say. This morning early I had a vivid impression that my dear Gertrude was at my side. As usual it was only a momentary impression but it seemed for that brief moment as though we had never been separated. There is something strange in the recommence, at long intervals of these sudden but vivid suggestions of the actual presence of the long absent as though there had been no absence. This little poem which I cut from yesterdays Tribune is an expression of what I have always felt regarding Gertrudes death--that it came before she had known any great sorrow "but left the lees untasted".

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