Jervis McEntee Diaries

Friday August 8, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, August 8, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Friday, Aug 8, 1890 A grey day but still and pleasant. I have had Tom at work for several days cutting down weeds, over on Chester St. and all over our property. Today he is clearing away and burning the brush from the trimming of the trees which was put down below Wadsworths. I went over to the Cemetery after dinner. The grass and weeds were choking the flowers on Gertrudes and on my mothers graves and the place looked neglected. I saw Port and told him I thought the cemetery did very little for the $5 a year I paid for the care of our lots. He promised to cut the grass tomorrow. I came home and got some sticks to tie the flowers to, a pair of shears to cut the grass and a trowel to dig out the weeds and I returned and cleared up the two graves which are the only ones on which flowers grow. The phloxes I put there several years ago do fairly well, better than any thing else I have tired. It seemed strange to me to be so near my dear Gertrude and yet so infinitely far from that animating soul which made her the dearest person on earth to me. It was very quiet there. No one about except the man carting slate to put on the road near there. Miss Lamport came up this morning and Sara and I went over to my studio with her. There was nothing to see but a lot of rubbish, but she seemed to want to see my studio. I wrote to Downing, and sent to N.Y. for a few artists materials.

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