Jervis McEntee Diaries

Monday March 31, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, March 31, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Monday, Mar 31, 1890 Down town. Cold morning but grew warmer. A still, solemn sort of day. Flags are at half mast on some of the buildings and boats for Maj Cornell. In the Kingston Leader was a long obituary notice of him which I sent to John Andrews. Sara went down after dinner to see Mrs. Cornell. She did not see her but saw Mrs. Coykendall and Mrs Overbagh. The Major was conscious to the last and expressed himself ready and willing to die. What a great and sudden change to Mrs. Cornell in her weak, ill condition and how unlikely it seemed one short week ago that she would survive him. Sara feels lonely since the Reids went and I do not wonder. She immediately went at their room, had the stove taken down and the room cleaned. She is troubled that our servant Katy Hollis, whom we like so much is determined to leave us to go to N. Y. I did not leave until with the 8.25 train, reluctant to come away and leave her alone. Down at Newburgh it began to snow and before we reached N. Y. two or three inches had fallen. I was cold when I reached my room at near midnight.

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