Jervis McEntee Diaries

Wednesday May 28, 1890

Jervis McEntee Diary Entry, May 28, 1890, from the Jervis McEntee papers, 1850-1905, in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Wednesday, May 28, 1890 I went down to the carriage house this morning and selected a lot of old things which I gave to Louis' mother the old German woman. She was ready to take any thing, the old churns, bits of harness, old carpet, two old bedsteads, cans, jugs and any and every thing. I burned a lot of things which were in an old trunk, trifles which reminded me of Dear Gertrude and our early married life. Among other things I found a little embroidered infants dress which I think she wore when a child. I gave Mary one of her old black velvet hats, the velvet being perfectly good. Oh! This is heartbreaking work for these mute trifles, the drift and wreckage of the Past touch our hears with very tender suggestions. Sara had a letter from Lucy and while she went to Kingston I wrote her why I did not think it feasible for us to buy the homestead together as she had proposed. I answered Eastmans letter yesterday and sent it today. The carpenter came to see me about fixing the barn preparatory to removing the carriage house and is to begin it tomorrow. I am gradually getting rid of many of the things which have accumulated for years.

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