The Jervis McEntee Diaries - August 8, 1875

Diary Entry:

Major Wilkinson arrived on Tuesday afternoon while I was at work on the drawings for "Among the Trees" and remained until Wednesday morning when Gertrude and I went home with him to "Bangall" through Pokeepsie and remained until Saturday. We had a most pleasant and satisfactory visit. They have taken a house for the summer and live in an easy informal way which they know how to enjoy. The country is very pleasant about there. Wappingers creek is near, a very pretty stream flowing through meadows. The character of the country pleased me so much that if I find no better place I may go there to sketch this fall. My Father and Mother were to drive over through Rhinebeck for us on Saturday but the weather looked so threatening that they did not come and so we came home by Pokeepsie where the races are going on. Found Haven Putnam here. He came up on Thursday and hoped he could have a walk with me out into the country. We have arranged to go out to Griswolds for a day or two, tomorrow. Found letters from Joe and Gussie about the picture which had arrived, one from Platt on Booths business and a note from Joe Tubby telling me of the continued severe illness of his daughter. I called over and saw him after tea. Today have written Booth and Platt. Gertrude had a letter from Mrs. Batchelder cordially inviting us to come and spend a week or two with them at the sea shore at their little cottage at Magnolia on Cape Ann.

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