Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday June 30, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, June 30, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, June 30, 1890 This is the third anniversary of our fathers death. Even in his latter years of his lifelessness I always had the feeling of support in him for his faith and his moral courage were unfailing. Now I have to stand alone and to act upon my own judgment unaided by his wise counsel. It has been a beautiful day, hot in the sunshine but with a cool breeze from the N. Our new girl makes a favorable impression and seems modest and willing and industrious and we have a feeling of relief. The men will finish the blasting for the water pipe this evening and tomorrow it will be laid. One of the men, Jack Ryan was taken ill with colic and could not work the whole forenoon but Tom supplied his place at the drill and the blasting went on. He went to work later. The above notice of Oliver Lays death I cut from the Tribune yesterday. It was a great surprise to me as he seemed a young man. He was a very gentle, amiable man and I regret his early death. I went to see Mrs. John Van Gaasbeck at 8 oclock this morning. She had arranged with her children to be at her house at 7 oclock on Wednesday evening. I then went to Rondout to the post office and took the car to Kingston to tell Kenyon of the arrangement and his clerk Elting is to meet me at the car stable at 7 oclock Wednesday when we hope to get their signatures. I also saw Peter who will sign then. I rode down to the W. S. Station and walked from there. I feel much better today and not so lame and sore and have a better appetite but my [?] cold does not seem to improve much.

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