Jervis McEntee Diaries

Tuesday August 12, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 12, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, Aug 12, 1890 Cool. Mercury at 60. Cool with wind from the N. We had our breakfast at 6.30 so that Sara could take the 7.52 U & D train. She and Mrs. Overbaugh are going out to Delaware Co with a batch of Home Children and will be gone until Thursday evening. I have been at work up in the garret all forenoon mending my tent. It is cool and delightful. My painting materials came from N.Y. today. The katydids are singing and the chirp of insects takes the place of the songs of the birds. I see no more fire flies. These things cease, [we?] hardly know when but suddenly we become aware that the summer is nearing its close and an autumnal feeling gradually begins to pervade the landscape. I was down town after dinner to see about our winter supply of coal and I called to see Henry Abbey. He is living alone, somewhere in [Adam?] St. and talks of building a house out on some lots he owns near where Alexander Shufeldt lived. Sara has had a fine day out in the mountains. The house seems very different when she is away. It would be hard for me to live alone as Henry Abbey does. This evening it seems to be growing warmer. I have been getting a good many things done with reference to our trip to the woods.

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