Jervis McEntee Diaries

Thursday August 14, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 14, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Thursday, Aug 14, 1890 Cool and quiet. Another in the series of thoroughly charming days. I was down town after breakfast. Had a note from Mary. Girards wife had some friends from Kingston and Mr. Nicholls from Davenport Iowa to dine with her. They all came over here this afternoon and were greatly entertained going about the house and looking at the views. I keep busy. I wrote to Lucy and to Royal Reed from whom I do not hear. I am afraid he is away in the woods, or has not got my letter. Mr. [Buntin?] reported today with the list for postal delivery. He had about 200 names and was going to get more. The death of Mr. Brace is a shock. I knew he went abroad for his health but I had no idea he was in a dangerous condition. We had a slight shower today. Sara came home this evening from Delaware Co. where she and Mrs Overbagh went with 9 children from the Home. They succeeded in placing 5 of them and brought back four. It was quite pathetic to hear her describe how homesick some of the poor little things were, some of them only 4 years old--taken from a lot of their childish companions and put into some of these bare and distant homes. I have finished Marie Bashkirtseff--a strange, unhappy character, literally consumed with the love of admiration and thirst for distinction.

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